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Certificate in
Positive Veterinary Leadership

Our inaugural Cohort launched in January 2024.

To sign up for updates on future cohorts, please sign up for our mailing list here!

Program Purpose: To develop positive leadership skills that cultivate energized, thriving, and high-performing veterinary teams and organizations. 


Program Description: This highly interactive, cohort-style program will introduce participants to the science of positive veterinary leadership.  Students will gain a deep understanding of positive leadership and the actions, behaviors, and skills that create energized, thriving, high-performing veterinary teams.  The program leverages adult-learning modalities including didactic, practicum, application, and support elements.  Students will learn evidence-based concepts, practice skills in class, apply skills and knowledge “in the real world”, and receive extensive expert support along the way. 


Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a deep understanding of positive leadership

  • Create a clear leadership aspiration statement

  • Assess pre-program and post-program positive leadership skillset

  • Enhance and apply the six core skills of positive leadership

  • Craft action steps for ensuring sustainable leadership

  • Build a plan for continuous positive leadership development


Course Dates: Our next cohort will begin on January 16, 2024.  Live class will meet on varying days Monday through Friday at either 11:00 AM Mountain Time or 5:00 PM Mountain Time. Live office hours may vary in an attempt to accommodate your busy schedule! Please contact us at if you need additional details.

Completion Requirements:

To receive a certificate of completion from the Flourish Academy, students must:

  1. Complete all virtual launch activities

  2. Attend at least 6 of the 8 live monthly classes

  3. Attend at least 6 of the 8 live monthly Office Hours

  4. Complete at least 5 of the first 7 monthly challenges

  5. Complete both pre-program and post-program leadership assessments

  6. Complete the month 8 challenge (Personal Leadership Development plan)


Required Textbook:

Lead to Thrive: The Science of Crafting a Positive Veterinary Culture

  • Physical copy or audio book.

This Non-Medical program is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 20.00 CE Credits (20.00 max) being available to any one veterinarian and/or 20.00 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (20.00 max). This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of Non-Medical using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance.

This program is applicable toward the continuing education requirement for the Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) program offered by the Veterinary Hospital Manager's Association (VHMA). (Up to 12 hours of CE credit.)

Course Format:

The course begins with a welcome email introducing you to the course and our Learning Management System, Ruzuku.  In Ruzuku, you’ll have access to our shared learning space where you can introduce yourself to your cohort and instructor, complete your first leadership assessment, access the course scheduled elements, and view additional resources.


Shortly after, our monthly class cadence will begin.  Leveraging our small-bite, big-impact educational approach, each of the 8 course months will include:


  1. Brief, “On-Your-Own” pre-work in Ruzuku.  This may include short videos or articles, or chapter assignments to read before class.

  2. A 30-minute “Small-Bite” live, virtual class.  In class, we’ll explore and play with specific positive leadership skills.  Classes will be recorded.

  3. Your Monthly Leadership Challenge.  We’ll ask you to practice the skills we teach in “the real world”.

  4. Leadership Challenge Tracker.  After practicing your new skills in “the real world” you’ll report back through the Flourish Challenge Tracker what you did, what you learned, and the impact you had.  The Tracker will be accessible to your instructor and cohort colleagues to provide opportunities to learn from each other and identify unique ways to apply your skills.

  5. Live (optional) Office Hours.  To provide additional support, guidance, and coaching, twice a month your instructor, Josh Vaisman, will be available for drop-in virtual Office Hours.  

  6. Community Connection and Co-Learning.  Your Ruzuku course space will include community elements to connect digitally with your instructor and cohort colleagues.  In this way, the learning will continue at your own pace between classes and office hours.



$1475 per participant.

Flourish may offer group-rates.  Please inquire at


SPECIAL!  Our inaugural cohort is set to launch in January of 2024.  The first 30 people to express interest will receive a discount code for $500 off the program!


Click here to sign up for the list

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