2014 National Executive Board, Business Certificate Director
2013 Chapter President, Auburn University
In the spring of 2013, I was nominated as President of Auburn's VBMA chapter. The association was scattered and disorganized, but still stood out as one of the best organizations on campus. After attending VBMA's National Conference in Orlando, FL, I was filled with the motivation and inspiration to help VBMA at Auburn grow. By the end of the semester, VBMA at Auburn had a 350% increase in membership. We planned, funded, and executed almost 15 events which qualified for the Business Certificate Program (BCP) that we initiated that semester. We collaborated with nearby vet schools for events, promoted VBMA and the BCP to Auburn's administration, and sought out sponsors and grants to achieve our goals. Ultimately, VBMA became one of the largest and most influential associations on campus. Because of my success in my role as President of the local chapter, I was honored with a position as one of six people on the National VBMA Board. My role was the Business Certificate Director. In this capacity, I helped VBMA expand nationally and internationally by promoting our BCP to practice owners, clients, sponsors, and universities. During my term, we managed a budget over $300,000 in order to best educate our 3,500+ members.
I designed VBMA's Honors Program which recognizes the students with the most business aptitude and matches them with mentors who evaluate the student's portfolio. This program took hours of researching similar programs in other industries, seeking advice from all types of members of the veterinary industry, and conducting trials.
My involvement with VBMA has had a strong role in further developing my leadership skills. As President of the local chapter, I coordinated with sponsors and speakers to put on events for over 180 people. I negotiated a bank account of almost $15,000, and I innovated ways to promote the cause and boost membership.
Being involved in VBMA is my single most influential experience throughout veterinary school. I got to be surrounded and inspired by veterinary student leaders across the country, work alongside some of the best leaders and human beings I know, and network with hundreds of veterinarians, industry representatives, VBMA alumni, and more.
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