LSU Veterinary School associate dean meets with congressional leaders
For Immediate Release: May 15, 2017
BATON ROUGE, LA—Rhonda Cardin, PhD, associate dean for research and advanced studies, and Hilari French, DVM (LSU SVM 2009), PhD (LSU SVM 2011), DACT, assistant professor of theriogenology at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, met with congressional leaders and their representatives in Washington, D.C., from March 7-9 as part of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) Leadership Academy. She met with Representative Ralph Abraham, MD, DVM (LSU SVM 1980), and representatives for Senator Bill Cassidy, Representative Garrett Graves and Senator John Kennedy. “The purpose of our visit to the capitol was to learn how to advocate on behalf of our respective veterinary schools and to ask our state representatives to support the veterinary student loan repayment program, help us better serve rural areas and waive taxes on student loans that are overly burdensome for our alumni,” said Dr. Cardin.
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 is focused on helping develop tomorrow’s leaders of academic veterinary medicine. The participants quickly bond with one another and will find that they have colleagues and friends they can communicate with as they progress through their careers.
Effective leadership results from a clear understanding of who we are as individuals and how this shapes the ways we show up in leadership roles combined with knowledge and skills to interact with and thoughtfully influence people and processes within organizational environments. In short, it’s about knowing who we are, what needs to be done and how best to do it.
“The Leadership Academy has provided a wonderful opportunity to meet colleagues at veterinary schools in leadership roles from around the United States and this year, Canada and Ireland,” said Dr. Cardin. “Although we all come from different levels and experiences, there is a common thread that connects us in that we are experiencing the same issues. This has been a wonderful experience.”
The Leadership Academy is comprised of three sessions, the first of which took place December 1-3, 2016, at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. This first session gave the attendees an overview of the academy sessions with goals and objectives and focuses on leadership and communication. The second session included the trip to Washington, D.C., and focused on communicating with legislators and advocacy. The third and final session will take place May 18-20, 2017, in Indianapolis; this session will focus on leadership development.
The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 30 veterinary schools in the U.S. and the only one in Louisiana. The LSU SVM is dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals through education, research and service. We teach. We heal. We discover. We protect.
Photo: Dr. Hilary French, assistant professor of theriogenology at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and LSU School of Veterinary Medicine alumna (left) and Dr. Rhonda Cardin, LSU SVM associate dean for research and advanced studies (right), met with U.S. Representative Ralph Abraham (also an LSU SVM alumnus) in Washington, D.C. as part of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges Leadership Academy in March 2017.
Ginger Guttner, APR
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
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