Vancouver, WA February 13, 2017
The veterinary profession has experienced a tremendous demographic shift over the past 25 years with more women joining the profession; however, we have not seen a corresponding increase of women in leadership roles. The Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative (WVLDI) was formed to help change that by creating an open space where women can talk about struggles that they face—whether in their career, personal or family life.
Dr. Kimberly-Ann Therrien, Regional Medical Director for the Midwest Region, was appointed to the national board of WVLDI effective January 1, 2017. WVLDI’s mission is to support women in seeking and achieving leadership, policy and decision-making positions within all areas of professional veterinary activity. The organization supports future leaders by offering resources, workshops, continuing education sessions, networking events and a robust social media presence.
At the recent North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) Conference in Orlando, Fla., Dr. Therrien joined veterinarians from across the U.S. for a WVLDI networking event focused on the issue of doctor wellbeing. “As a mother of two, a wife and a veterinary professional, I understand the importance of creating a supportive working environment,” said Dr. Therrien. “I see WVLDI as a platform where we as a profession can come together to discuss real, actionable solutions that work for busy veterinary professionals.”
At the reception, veterinary professionals came together to discuss some of the hurdles they face in their professional and personal lives. “I’ve always been passionate about empowering and mentoring women,” shares Dr. Therrien. “I was introduced to WVLDI about a year ago when I was asked to participate in a series of continuing education sessions focused on women in leadership. I was so inspired by my fellow speakers and the passion that attendees brought to the conversation that I knew I wanted to be more involved.”
For more information on WVLDI, please visit: www.wvldi.org
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