Dr. Dustin Pulliam Completes AAVMC Leadership Academy

Dr. Dustin Pulliam

Dustin J. Pulliam, DVM, director of professional life skills and assistant professor of veterinary medicine at Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) has completed the 2018-2019 American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) Leadership Academy. Pulliam was recognized with the other AAVMC Leadership Academy graduates at the conclusion of the program in Washington D.C. during the 2019 AAVMC’s annual meeting.


The Leadership Academy provides a platform and resources for veterinary educators and administrators to develop skills aimed at the many unique challenges regarding leadership in today’s teaching institutions. The program consists of three meetings throughout the fall, winter and spring of the 2018-2019 academic year and covered a host of topics such as emotional intelligence, adaptive leadership, conflict management, strategic planning, media training and Advocacy Day on the Hill.


“Reflecting on these leadership topics the Media Training and Advocacy Day on the Hill were two that sparked my interest,” said Pulliam. “Developing skills to manage and respond to all types of media requests and learning first-hand how to strategize and organize around topics that impact our profession on a national level, were just a few of the beneficial development opportunities.”


AAVMC launched the Leadership Academy in 2012 as a unique effort 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.


“I believe our profession will only continue to grow stronger through leadership development programs like the AAVMC Leadership Academy,” said Pulliam.


Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine is located on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.

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