Vet Med Alumna Selected as AVMA Future Leader

Contacts: Ms. Tracy Ann Raef, College of Veterinary Medicine, (515) 294-4602 

August 7, 2012

(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) August 6, 2012 – Dr. Jennafer M. Glaesemann, a 2011 graduate of Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, is one of 10 veterinarians selected to participate in the American Veterinary Medical Association’s
(AVMA) Future Leaders Program.

This year-long program, created by the AVMA and supported by Pfizer Animal Health, will help develop leadership skills in the selected group of volunteer leaders for the future of the AVMA and other veterinary groups. This is the second class of 10 Future Leaders involved in the program. They were selected from approximately 60 AVMA member nominees who had graduated from veterinary school within the last 15 years.

“As the flagship organization of the veterinary field, the AVMA provides tremendous opportunity to beneficially impact the profession and its role in society,” Dr. Glaesemann says. “Having been raised in an agrarian environment, to me the veterinarian’s voice has always been one of respect and valuable direction. I greatly desire to serve my colleagues, clients, and neighbors in this capacity.”

Dr. Glaesemann is a mixed animal private practice veterinarian with interests in ruminant reproduction and production animal welfare. After graduation from veterinary school, she began volunteering at the Capitol Humane Society in Lincoln, Neb.  She grew up on a farm near Fairbury, Neb., raising dairy cattle, rabbits, poultry and sheep.

The year-long Future Leaders Program will start at the AVMA Convention in San Diego, Calif. August 3-7. This select group will have the opportunity to work with a professional facilitator Dr. Ken Andrews of High Impact Facilitation to receive project management and leadership training. Over the year they will collaborate on a project to provide the AVMA with solutions to help increase the leadership skills develop valuable resources for of veterinarians nationwide to use. The final results of their efforts will be presented during the AVMA Convention in Chicago, July 19-23, 2013.

“The hardest part of picking each class over the past two years has been narrowing down the list of nominees to just 10 participants, because of the qualifications, diverse interests and energy of all the outstanding nominees,” said Dr. Ron DeHaven, chief executive officer of the AVMA. “Many of these Future Leaders are already leaders, having accepted leadership roles at the state and local levels, so we’re excited by not only by what we can teach them but how much they’ll be able to teach us. The inaugural class of Future Leaders has been inspiring and accomplished so much, so I expect a lot from the second class."

The first class of Future Leaders focused on creating a web-based Future Leader Toolkit that uses videos, instructional tools, media materials and other information and instruments that AVMA members can use to improve their leadership skills on the job or within the profession.

For more information on the AVMA’s Future Leaders Program, or to arrange interviews with Dr. Glaesemann or any of the participants, contact Tom McPheron at 847-285-6781 or For general information about the AVMA and its convention, please visit, or

The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world, with more than 82,500 member veterinarians worldwide engaged in a wide variety of professional activities.