“We are a group of veterinarians who want to see the profession thrive. Our programs invite veterinary professionals to step off the treadmill and do the work necessary to both be well and lead well.”

Betsy Charles, Executive Director

Who We Are

The veterinary profession is demanding and success in practice requires more than the clinical and technical skills of medicine. It is this awareness that led to the development of programs like the Veterinary Leadership Experience (VLE) that give participants the opportunity to explore our organization’s foundational principle: to effectively influence and lead others, one must effectively lead one’s self.

Using a leadership model that showcases the diversity and strength of each individual while also emphasizing that personal leadership is the cornerstone for leading others, our programs are designed to allow personal reflection and learning in order to create resilient leaders, leaders who understand emotional intelligence, communication, diversity, professionalism and conflict resolution. Using an evidence-based curriculum with an experiential format to facilitate learning. Our programs are developed by an interdisciplinary team with expertise in veterinary medicine, psychology, organization leadership, executive coaching, business, organization advancement, education, and communication.

Meet Our Team

We want to meet you too. Reach out and connect with us.

Betsy-Charles

Betsy Charles, DVM, MA

VLI Executive Director
lauren-olavessen

Lauren Olavessen, DVM

Board President
Karen-Cornell

Karen Cornell DVM, PhD, DACVS

VLI Secretary
darcy-shaw

Darcy Shaw DVM, MVSc, MBA, DACVIM

VLI Secretary
kenita-rogers

Kenita Rogers, DVM, MS, DACVIM

VLI Board Member
jennifer-schleining

Jennifer Schleining, DVM, MS, DACVS-LA

VLI Board Member
jada-smith

Jada D. Smith