Vet to Leader

Vet to Leader: Leadership & Management Skills for Veterinarians

What We’ll Cover Together

Designed specifically for veterinarians (from new grads to Medical Directors and shelter med experts) this course zeroes in on the unique leadership challenges that veterinarians face as they supervise staff, often report to a non-vet CEO, and juggle their medical and management responsibilities. 

For two content-packed days, attendees will put aside veterinary and technical issues and focus on what it takes to practice effective leadership. You’ll hone your communication skills and explore concepts related to self-awareness and the power of responding instead of reacting. You’ll use proven tools to assess your conflict style and your strengths when it comes to how you think about and do your work. The carefully designed and thoughtfully facilitated setting provides a fun and safe environment for participants to improve their skills and connect with colleagues tackling similar challenges and opportunities. 

This seminar is RACE Approved for 14.25 CE hours.

Who Should Attend

Any veterinarian interested in exercising effective leadership and managing staff successfully.

If any of these sound familiar, this might be the seminar for you:

  • You struggle to balance your expertise in veterinary medicine with your involvement in non-veterinary issues that arise in your clinic or shelter?
  • You’re confident in your skills and knowledge as a vet, but feel under-prepared and adrift when it comes to people management.
  • The idea of tackling performance issues with a co-worker, colleague, or direct report makes you want to lock yourself inside the supply closet!
  • You’re certain there are tools out there to make the parts of your job that you’re less comfortable with better; you’re just not sure where to start or how to make heads or tails of the options.

By the end of this seminar, participants will have:

  • Defined the term “organizational culture”
  • Discussed and differentiated between formal and informal authority and between authority and leadership
  • Explored the differences between coaching and controlling and practiced skills to facilitate the former
  • Identified their own Conflict Mode and investigated how it differs from others
  • Reflected on the 4 Needs of Followers and their strengths and challenges in meeting those needs
  • Delved into the concept of employee engagement and considered their own level of engagement in their work and organization
  • Explored the Four Domains of Strengths-Based Leadership and participated in an activity to illustrate the differences and complementary nature of each
  • Practiced giving effective feedback and deploying Radical Candor
  • Outlined a change roll-out
  • Discussed the dynamics of the ED/MD relationship

The “Where” & “How Much” Part

Schedule & Location

Day 1 will be from 9am to 5pm. Day 2 will be from 9:30am to 5:30pm.

The seminar will be held at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s Center for Companion Animal Health in the Bennett Room. Parking is available on campus for $9/day.

The closest airport is the Sacramento International Airport (SMF). It is about 20  miles away from the UC Davis campus. Lyft and Uber are great options for getting around town and to/from the airport. 


If you’re traveling from out of town and need a place to stay there are many hotels in the area. One of the closest is the UC Davis Hyatt Place hotel, which is located just about a mile from the Center for Companion Animal Health (where the seminar will be held).

Cost & Registration

The cost to register $600/person, which includes lunch on both days of the seminar and all seminar materials.  Please note that the last day to register is September 13, 2019.

Meet Your Presenters

Emancipet CCO – B.J. Rogers

Emancipet Chief Communication Officer - B.J. Rogers
Emancipet CCO – B.J. Rogers

B.J. Rogers is a nonprofit veteran with 20 years of leadership experience in human services, animal welfare, and social change. B.J. leads Emancipet’s public/field-facing training and the internal training and development of our dedicated team. He has spent 12 years in the animal welfare field, most recently as a Vice President at the ASPCA leading the organization’s online training and support of animal welfare professionals.

Emancipet CMO – Dr. Holly Putnam

Emancipet CMO – Dr. Holly Putnam

Dr. Holly Putnam is a 2003 graduate of The Ohio State University. After graduation, she practiced small animal general medicine in her home state of New York until her family relocated to Austin, TX where she worked as a staff veterinarian for Emancipet providing spay/neuter and wellness services to underserved communities and area shelters. It was during that time that Dr. Putnam was able to see first-hand the challenges that animal shelters and community members often face in providing care to their animals. This experience sparked a passion for community and shelter medicine, which Dr. Putnam has now dedicated her career to. Dr. Putnam worked as a faculty Instructor for the Shelter Medicine program at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine for 4 years before beginning her current role as Chief Medical Officer for Emancipet. She is delighted to have the opportunity to help improve access to veterinary care, as well as lead the outstanding veterinary team at Emancipet. Dr. Putnam is a current member and former board member and secretary for the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. Dr. Putnam currently resides in Bastrop, TX with her husband, 2 daughters, 1 dog, 6 cats and a potbelly pig. During her free time, Dr. Putnam enjoys spending time with her family, fostering kittens and pretending that she has the same design skills as Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s Fixer Upper. 

General Info & Support


  • Will there be food at the seminar? Yes. We will provide coffee, snacks, beverages, and lunch on both days.
  • What should I wear? Our only recommendation is that you dress comfortably and casually. 
  • Do I need to bring anything?  Just a smile and an open mind!


Thanks to the ASPCA’s Northern Tier Shelter Initiative, organizations located in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, or Wisconsin can apply for scholarships to cover the costs of attending our seminars. To get more details or apply for a scholarship, email [email protected]!

Questions & Support

If you have questions or need assistance with registration, please email us at [email protected].  For general information about Emancipet New School, visit us on the web or like us on Facebook.