Power of Ten

Leadership Academy

Power of Ten Leadership Academy is a TVMA initiative designed to help recent graduates* develop foundational skills in leadership, communication, and business. 

“As a young veterinarian, I have thoroughly realized over the past 8 years the extreme importance of having a mentor and what that can do for your career.  It is opportunities such as the Power of Ten Leadership Academy that can boost one’s career to the next level.  Being a veterinarian is not just about the practice of medicine….it is about networking, communication, leadership, and self wellness.  These are the keys to being a successful veterinarian and the Power of Ten is designed to get each participant started on the right track.  I look forward to mentoring and learning from fellow colleagues as well as networking with some of the best leaders and mentors in the veterinary profession.”   ~ Jeremy Keen, DVM


Ten participants will be selected from the applicant pool to participate in the Power of Ten leadership academy.  Participants will join a network of peers in a series of learning experiences that commence in February 2020 and culminate in February 2021.

Power of Ten is a pathway to help recent graduates answer questions like:

  • I emerged from veterinary school and I’m in practice – but how can I get a better grasp on what makes me tick?
  • Now that I have a technical staff, how can I form, manage and lead an effective team?
  • Who am I in the bigger picture, and what can I give to my family, my community, and my profession that will be my legacy?”

We anticipate that the Power of Ten class will also create a sense of community and participants will likely build lasting bonds with other members of the leadership academy class.

In-person learning experiences are scheduled to minimize the impact on working hours – and the entire program is designed to garner support from practice owners who recognize their key responsibility in developing human resources.  Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in a listserv, webinars, and other special offerings exclusive to the Power of Ten.

*This program is intended for veterinarians who graduated within the last ten years; other candidates may be considered based on their level of interest.


Through the Power of Ten, participants will:

  • Develop fundamental understanding of leadership skills and emotional intelligence
  • Deepen comprehension of communication styles and skills
  • Acquire critical skills to intensify business acumen
  • Gain the competency to utilize these skills within one’s life, practice, and community
  • Heighten awareness of one’s self and better understand how to maximize interactions with those around you
  • Develop a vision of the leader you can be – and what it takes to become that leader
  • Experience a supportive environment that fosters meaningful interpersonal relationships and collaborative, lifelong interactions


Julie Buford, DVM

Dr. Buford graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. She currently practices in the Nashville area and her special interests include surgery, dentistry, emergency medicine, business management, women’s veterinary leadership development and mentoring. In 2018, Dr. Buford was a participate of the Power of Ten Leadership Program and served as one of TVMA’s Emerging Leaders at the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago, IL.  She was also recently appointed to TVMA’s Executive Board as a Member-at-Large representing Middle Tennessee as well as AVMA’s Council on Veterinary Services.



  1. Read through the Program Information to get a better understanding of the program and the commitment involved.
  2. Talk with your practice owner about the program and gain their commitment to supporting your involvement. You can also download this letter from Dr. Danny Walker, TVMA President, which introduces the program to practice owners and explains the benefits the program provides.
  3.  Complete the application form and submit it to TVMA. The application period opens November 19, 2019 and closes December 27, 2019.
  4. Applicants will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If chosen, the applicant is expected to make every effort to attend all events.

Contact Staci Corder at 931.438.0070 or via email at Corder.stacil@gmail.com.