Betsy Charles, DVM, MA

VLI Executive Director

In short, I’m an Adidas wearing, hip hop dancing veterinary radiologist who wants to change the world by cultivating a community of leaders through curiosity, creative conversations, and connection. What are the specifics? I hold a doctorate of veterinary medicine with advanced residency training in diagnostic imaging as well as a master’s degree in organizational leadership. I have been the executive director of the Veterinary Leadership Institute since 2011. I use that expertise to help veterinary professionals understand how servant leaders can facilitate the development of high functioning organizations. I have worked in general practice, specialty practice and was a faculty member at Western University of Health Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine for over 8 years. I’ve been privileged to present at over 75% of the veterinary colleges in the U.S., numerous state veterinary medical associations, the American Association of Equine Practitioners National Convention for several years, and the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Veterinary Leadership Conference for multiple years. I have been a keynote speaker for both veterinary audiences as well as non-veterinary audiences and I have been a commencement speaker. I believe we all have the capacity to be exceptional people of influence by living into our true identities and learning the skills necessary to become emotionally intelligent and effective communicators, relationship builders and boundary setters.