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Dr. Jeff Studer

Studer represents OSU Vet Med in Leadership Academy

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Media Contact: Derinda Blakeney | College of Veterinary Medicine | 405-744-6740 | derinda@okstate.edu

Dr. Jeff Studer, veterinary hospital director at Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, was recently selected to represent the college in the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges Leadership Academy. 

“I feel very fortunate to be one of 35 academic veterinary leaders from around the world to be selected in this cohort of individuals,” Studer said. “The academy requires a six-month commitment which includes multiple all-day virtual sessions and two in-person sessions in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the AAVMC annual meeting.”

Studer said the curriculum includes leadership principles, a deep dive into defining leadership and followership, identifying characteristics associated with great leaders and exploring why individuals lead and follow.

“It’s a fairly intense curriculum. There is pre-work and homework for each session plus a group project," Studer said. "In addition to the curriculum, the cohort was divided into small groups of six to work on a capstone project throughout the year to be presented in Washington, D.C. Our group is investigating the delivery of veterinary medical education in today’s culture facing global difficulty of hiring faculty and staff? Furthermore, are we teaching the students the skills they need to know on day one of their career? I think the experience is going to be really good.”

According to their website, the AAVMC launched the Leadership Academy in 2012 to provide leadership development for emerging leaders in academia and to provide a forum for building lasting ties between faculty members at veterinary schools and departments around the world.

While there are many types of leadership development training available, the AAVMC Leadership Academy is unique in that it focuses on helping develop tomorrow’s leaders of academic veterinary medicine. 

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