Purpose of the Program

The Power of Ten is a NMVMA initiative designed to help recent graduates develop foundational skills in leadership, communication and business.

How the Program Works

Ten participants will be selected from the applicant pool to participate in the Power of Ten leadership program.  Participants will join a network of peers in a series of learning experiences. It’s a way to help recent graduates answer questions like:

  • “I finished 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?”

The Power of Ten has created a sense of community and participants have built lasting bonds with other members of the leadership program. The program provides up to ten recent graduates (graduated from a college of veterinary medicine in the years 2007-2022) with four leadership development sessions over the course of a year. The NMVMA will provide topic experts and meeting expenses, including food and beverages, at no charge to participants.  Sessions may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Social Styles/Communication/Conflict Management
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Financial Matters/Legislative Issues

Key Benefits of the Program

Power of 10 participants will

  • Develop a fundamental understanding of leadership
  • Acquire communication styles and skills
  • Be able to use these skills within your personal life, practice and community
  • Experience a supportive and nurturing community that fosters lifelong relationships.
“Power of 10 was a great way for me as a new grad right out of school to connect with veterinarians from all over the state who work in different aspects of the field. I made some great friends, good connections and learned valuable information, ranging from leadership and communication skills, to what the NMVMA does, to tools for practice ownership, and most importantly, ways to maintain a healthy work-life balance and avoid burnout. I would highly recommend P10 to everyone and am so appreciative I had the opportunity to participate in this program.”
-Becca Pava, DVM

“Power of 10 has been amazing for me! It’s given me access to resources on so many things beyond leadership within my company and profession. I have confidence in areas I didn’t have before and feel a growing sense of comradery among colleagues. The NMVMA truly cares about every individual in this program and strives to be supportive of every veterinarian. They listen not only to our voices but with arms wide open. They have connected me to a new network and a new foundation. I feel thankful to have been selected to participate and know that I will treasure the experience for years to come! Thank you for all that you do!”

– Lauryn Spohn, DVM

How Do I Sign Up?

Get your practice owner to commit to supporting your involvement in this initiative since it means you will likely miss 4-6 days of work (usually Saturdays) for these important sessions. Next, fill out the  Power of Ten application below and wait to hear from the selection committee.


How much does Power of 10 cost?
P10 is free to members! Participants,however, are responsible for their own travel expenses.

Am I required to make it to all of the meetings?
We certainly understand that things come up and people get sick.  We do hope, however, that you will make it a priority to attend all of the meetings.  We try to provide the dates 2-3 months ahead of time.

What days of the week are the meetings held?
Meetings are usually held on Saturdays, however, sometimes meetings take place on Sundays.

Who is eligible?
If you graduated from veterinary school within the last 15 years, you are eligible!

If I graduated from veterinary school beyond fifteen years ago, can I still apply?
If there’s room in the class we might be able to include you. Please contact the NMVMA office for more information.

What is the time commitment?
Power of 10 meets 4-5 times a year.  If additional occasions arise, there might be other opportunities.