Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative

Who We Are

The veterinary profession has undergone a great demographic shift over the past 25 years, but the change in leadership hasn’t kept pace. Women, now more than half of the profession and rising, need to be better represented in leadership roles if we’re to deliver on the promise of veterinary medicine to society.

WVLDI is dedicated to helping develop those leadersin organized veterinary medicine and from practice owners to academia to corporate boardsand to achieve a stronger, more effective and personally rewarding profession.

Through social and other media, we’ve driven this discussion within the profession. Our presentations at major meetings have helped veterinarians better understand the problem; our workshops have given participants the tools to apply towards solutions. On campus, we’ve helped students develop their skills and to appreciate the importance of leadership in their careers.

It’s not a job we can tackle alone. We need the support and cooperation of veterinarians across the spectrumand not just women (although we need you)who understand that the future of veterinary medicine is tied to the success of the people in the profession. Help us to help you, and help lead our profession into the future.

Our Mission

WVLDI’s mission is to support women in seeking and achieving leadership, policy, and decision-making positions within all areas of professional veterinary activity. WVLDI’s vision is to develop leaders for the benefit of the profession and to deliver on the promise of veterinary medicine to society.

Are you interested in getting involved with WVLDI?

There may be many areas available: board service, social media contribution, student outreach, speakers bureau, fundraisers, sponsorships, and mentorships. So if you have an interest in getting involved with WVLDI, please contact us using the form below, and let us know what you are interested in and what immediate skills you can bring to the table!


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