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VLE 2018 Packing List

Hello VLE Participants!

We hope you are all getting excited for the 2018 Veterinary Leadership Experience (#VLE2018)! We’ve been creating some buzz about the upcoming event, posting little samples of what you may expect and some experiences from past participants. We hope you’ve enjoyed them. Now we’d like to share some thoughts on WHAT TO BRING, and hope this will help you prepare for your trip.

The Practical

  • Weather gear: Weather in Post Falls, Idaho can be unpredictable this time of year. Prepare for rain or shine, unexpected pop up showers, and for both cool and warm weather. Consider packing clothes you may wear in layers. We suggest a rain jacket, sweatshirt or fleece, and a hat for the sun.
  • Sturdy footwear: We are outside walking and moving a lot. Feel free to pack your sandals for free time, but for many activities you’ll be required to have sturdy and solid footwear.
  • Comfy clothes: The days are filled with activities both indoors and outdoors. Make sure you pack comfortable clothes. Of course elastic waistbands have the added benefit of providing you comfort room as you enjoy the terrific food.
  • Active wear: Bring your favorite running shoes, swimsuit, and/or workout clothes. There’s always someone taking a morning run, doing Crossfit, Yoga, or swimming (weather permitting).
  • Sundries: Pack some bug spray and sunscreen along with your toiletry products. You may also like a small flashlight for moving through camp after dark.
  • Comforts of home: Student participants should bring a bath towel and sleeping bag (or twin sized bedding).

The Personal

  • Me-time: Bring an item to help you relax, recharge, and reflect after a long day, such as a good book to read, writing journal, or sketch pad.
  • Mindset: Bring an open mind and willingness to learn. Remember, this experience will be what you make of it. Participate, engage, ask, listen, and stretch yourself. You may gain new perspective or a new friend.
  • Share: We’d love for you to share your pictures, videos, and thoughts on Facebook or InstaGram @veterinaryleadershipinstitute using #vle2018. There will also be additional opportunities to join groups and stay connected after the event.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask – if you’ve forgotten something we will do our absolute best to help.

Travel safely, folks! We look forward to seeing you next week at #VLE2018.

Rise Resilient

As a budding college graduate in the Spring of 2010 I had one goal in mind, to join the US Military and serve my country for 20 years. After being accepted by the Army Officer Candidate program, I flew down to Ft. Benning, GA for three months of basic training followed by six more months of Officer Candidate School to earn commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. My dream was to be an infantry officer and serve on the front lines. After graduating Basic Training, I watched my dream die in one fell swoop. During a 5 mile run my knee locked up, I fell and tore my MCL.

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You are Only Confined by the Walls You Build Yourself

I have mixed emotions when I think about attending Veterinary Leadership Experience (VLE), hosted by the Veterinary Leadership Institute, again.

As a first-year DVM student at the University of Sydney, I was lucky enough to be selected to attend VLE 2016. I had no idea what to expect from this week-long camp, which helps people “learn the skills necessary to be healthy and resilient so they can become people of positive influence”, but I do know that it was life changing, in the ‘how do I even put that into words’ kind of way. There are some things in life that we don’t know how much we need them until we find them – that’s exactly how I felt about VLE 2016.

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Jump in with a Smile

If you had a few hours to engage with experienced, high-achieving veterinarians reflecting on their career and providing advice, what would you ask? If you were given challenging advice, would you take it?

I was recently afforded this scenario as part of my state veterinary medical association’s Power of 10 Program. This program, designed to develop young veterinary leaders on the state level, provided me with a golden ticket to the Past-President’s luncheon for the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association.

As we mingled with colleagues and mentors from across the state, it became clear that the roughly twenty previous KVMA Presidents we were dining with were going to leave a lasting impression. Continue Reading

Choose Happy

Hi future VLE’ers!

I can fondly remember the year I attended VLE as a veterinary student. It was exactly the right time for a fun and invigorating experience, right before starting my 4th year rotations. I remember being together with fellow students, as well as prominent veterinarians in the profession, and thinking that it was so cool that finally we could all come together and be on the same level. What breaks down barriers is simply just HAVING FUN! This was such a simple, but powerful concept.

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Lead With Your Strengths

Let’s all just take a little breather for a second.

We’re in a rat-race. There’s no doubt about that. And if you’re reading this, chances are you know that some self-management is pretty critical to maintaining that work-life balance we all covet so much.

Part of the reason that striking that balance is difficult is that we are all, quite literally, trying to do everything at once. We’re marketing. We are strategizing. We’re making decisions. We’re beating our competitors. We’re caring for our client
our colleague’s, and our family’s emotions. And on top of that…medical decisions at the drop of a hat.

We are literally trying to do it all. And it has to stop.

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Clydesdale Leadership

Remember the Budweiser commercial where the young Clydesdale tries to pull the cart and because it’s not strong enough to do so, two adults push it? Suddenly the cart starts to move and, without being too anthropomorphic, you can feel the satisfaction of the young colt when it achieves its goal.   It’s a heartwarming commercial that makes me tear up every time. InBev, the owner of Budweiser, produced that commercial purely to market its product. At VLE the commercial is shown not because it’s cute, contains some incredible animals or an attempt to sell beer. The commercial depicts a perfect message of Servant Leadership.

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