Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative

Our Vision

Our vision is to inspire and empower veterinary leaders to harness diversity and equity by creating an inclusive professional community where all members can deliver on the promise of the veterinary oath.

Our Mission

Our mission is to be a strong and impactful voice to achieve WVLDI’s vision by supporting women and allies seeking leadership positions, providing professional development and educational content, developing student leaders, and engaging in social media discussion.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to strengthen and elevate our profession.

WVLDI is proudly supported by:

About us

Who We Are

We help develop leaders

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 leaders—in organized veterinary medicine and from practice owners to academia to corporate boards—and to achieve a stronger, more effective and personally rewarding profession.

About Us

Our commitment

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 spectrum—and 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.

Student Chapters Formed So Far

Speaking

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Blog

Check out our latest blog posts to stay up to date!

Openings

Browse open veterinary leadership opportunities all over the country.

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 our form, and let us know what you are interested in and what immediate skills you can bring to the table!