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WVLDI’s Female Veterinary Hero for Our Year of COVID-19

WVLDI’s Female Veterinary Hero for Our Year of COVID-19

Dr. Barton Behravesh is WVLDI’s female veterinary hero in the year of COVID-19! Her full credentials only begin to describe her remarkable and wide-ranging expertise and responsibilities: Casey Barton Behravesh MS, DVM, DrPH, DACVPM. Captain, U.S. Public Health...

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Wellbeing in the Year of COVID-19

Wellbeing in the Year of COVID-19

WVLDI Board Member Makenzie Peterson is the American Association of Veterinary Medical College’s (AAVMC’s) Director of Wellbeing. In the context of the stressors surrounding COVID-19, we asked her for some thoughts on wellbeing. Makenzie was interested especially in...

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WVLDI Board Member Feature: Dr. Kristin Obbink

WVLDI Board Member Feature: Dr. Kristin Obbink

I interviewed Kristen Obbink while on family leave after bringing her adopted son home from Africa. She is an amazing veterinarian working in public health to keep Iowans safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and simultaneously keeping a farm and non-profit business...

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Veterinary Leader Profile: Dr. Karen Bradley

Veterinary Leader Profile: Dr. Karen Bradley

Karen Bradley is the founding President of WVLDI, and this is her story. Once upon a time (in 2013), there was a veterinary practitioner named Karen Bradley who wanted to be part of the AVMA leadership. It didn’t work out. In response, she started the Women’s...

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Highlights from Recent Virtual Events

Highlights from Recent Virtual Events

Veterinary Leadership Experience On January 9, WVLDI President Kimberly-Ann Therrien convened a well-attended networking event at the AVMA’s annual Veterinary Leadership Conference (VLC). With over 80 participants, there were almost 20% students with great WVLDI,...

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WVLDI Grows Up! The Next Generation

WVLDI Grows Up! The Next Generation

The purpose of WVLDI is to strengthen and elevate our profession by creating an inclusive professional community.  At our annual (virtual!) meeting, we reviewed our Purpose, Vison and Mission. In the process, we reconfirmed our commitment to harness the strength of...

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Board Member Profile: Kimberly-Ann Therrien

Board Member Profile: Kimberly-Ann Therrien

Spending an hour with Dr. Kimberly Ann Therrien is an inspiration. As a Canadian customs officer for 10 years before becoming a veterinarian, Kim developed leadership skills in a non-traditional setting. Her early veterinary career experience working 100 hours a week,...

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Student Chapter Updates

Student Chapter Updates

The past quarter has been very busy for WVLDI student groups! Chapters were approved for Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School, bringing the total number of active student chapters to 17 across the...

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