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2019 Power of Ten Leadership Academy Participant Spotlight – Shawn Lane, DVM

The 2019 Power of Ten Leadership Academy concluded during the 2020 Oklahoma Veterinary Conference. The Power of Ten Leadership Academy is a seven-session program that provides an in-depth leadership opportunity and 20 hours of continuing education credit at no cost to the participant. It is designed for veterinarians who have been in practice for 10 years or less since graduation and are OVMA members.

We will be featuring individual “spotlights” on each 2019 participant over the weeks ahead. Our second individual is Shawn Lane, DVM.

Dr. Lane is a 2015 Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine Graduate.


Where do you currently live?


Where are you originally from?

Brighton, Michigan

What made you decide to apply to participate in the Power of Ten?

It was recommended by my supervisors

What did you enjoy most about the Power of Ten?

Real, practical knowledge that will aid me in leading others (both veterinarians and non-veterinarians). It was super interactive and enlightening.

What is one thing you would want to change about the Power of Ten?

There are a lot of chunks solely dedicated to private practitioners. Those sections didn’t really impact me as much since I am in laboratory medicine.

How do you define success?

Accomplishing a goal in a way that benefits the most people and provides all with peace of mind.

Who inspires you?

My son.

If you could choose anyone as a mentor, who would you choose?

My current mentor/supervisor, Dr. Wendy Williams

What is one thing – either industry-related or not – that you learned in the last month?

You can use ultrasonic frequency detection to determine if mice are undergoing stress.

What is something about you that not many people know?

I am an experienced amateur chef.

What is something you enjoy outside of veterinary medicine?

Reading and soccer.

If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?


What advice would you give some who is interested in participating in the Power of Ten?

Do it.

What is your biggest take away from the Power of Ten?

The leadership skills, communication skills, and a desire to be better.