Trek is a hands-on, immersive program developed by the Veterinary Leadership Institute (VLI) to help veterinary health care professionals better understand their leadership capacity so they can experience more fulfilling careers.
Quotes From Trek Attendees
“If you want to grow, it will require you to stretch and the week will leave you changed for the better.”
“Trek has been a life altering experience. The skills, concepts, and personal insight I gained at Trek are invaluable. I have implemented my Trek knowledge and skills in my personal and professional life daily since attending. I cannot recommend the experience enough and will definitely be highly recommending to my colleges.”
“Trek was absolutely hands down the best leadership experience I have ever been through!”
“As veterinarians we are often so busy taking care of patients we forget to take care of us. Trek opens the door for veterinarians to take a week to focus on them and their personal growth and interpersonal skills. There is a little something for everyone no matter your background or previous experiences.”
“I truly loved every moment at Trek. I felt connected to the humans, the space, the trees, the ideas, the exercises. I learned something new about myself everyday. I feel like a stronger leader, veterinarian, mother, wife, human, and friend after my five days. It gave me hope for our profession and the strength to talk to other veterinarians about how we can change our profession to become more positive and uplifting.”
What is Trek?
Veterinary professionals work in a vibrant and engaging profession. However, sometimes the same things that capture our hearts and minds can also weigh us down. We can lose our focus, energy and enthusiasm for our professional and personal lives. No easy fixes or magic wands can help us overcome these challenges. Change requires personal work, reflection and a supportive community within which we can grow. VLI Trek is about stepping off the treadmill and into community with like-minded colleagues, to discover and develop new capacities to engage in our work and in our lives.
What will happen at Trek?
VLI Trek participants will:
- Explore and build individual capacity for resilience and well-being.
- Deepen their understanding and practice of personal and servant leadership, emotional intelligence, communication skills, conflict management, and self-care strategies.
- Engage in peer-to-peer collaboration, network and community building, teamwork, and reflective practice.
- Experience an evidence-based, highly interactive curriculum involving an array of learning formats in a safe and trustworthy space.
- CE Credit-This program has been approved for 25 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval.
- Are you curious about the Trek Schedule? Click here to see what we’re planning (subject to change).
VLI Trek 2023 is a five-day program from Sunday to Thursday, September 10 to 14, 2023. It will be held at Ross Point Camp and Conference Center situated on the beautiful Spokane River in Post Falls, Idaho. Participants should plan to arrive at Ross Point Camp by 3 pm on Sunday. The program will end at noon on Thursday.
The registration fee is $3000 USD and includes tuition, accommodation (double occupancy) for 4 nights, and all meals. The deadline for registration is August 15, 2023. Registration is now open. Sign up HERE. Space is filled on a first come first served basis. Travel arrangements and costs are the responsibility of participants.
Participants should fly into Spokane Airport and then arrange ground transportation to Ross Point Camp and Conference Center which is about 40 minutes from the airport. Ground transportation options include rental car, shuttle from the airport to Post Falls, taxis and other customer-sourced transfer services (e.g. Uber, Lyft).
What are people saying about Trek?
This program has been featured on the AVMA podcast, My Veterinary Life, several times.
Listen here through Apple Podcasts!
- My VLI Trek Experience with Dr. Marci Kirk
- Snowflakes in the Snowstorm with Shane Allen
- All Swine All the Time with Dr. Corinne Bromfield
- Showing Up as Your Best Self with Dr. Melissa Terry
- Growing Your Community with Dr. Chuck Wiedmeyer
- Bringing the Best out of Yourself and Others with Dana Ursu
- Learning and Implementing Important Life Skills with Dr. Jamie Pribyl