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Welcome to The Veterinary Leadership Institute (VLI), a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of healthy and resilient leaders who can make a positive difference for the profession.

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Our Team
Dr. Betsy Charles

Dr. Betsy Charles

Executive Director

In addition to her role as the Executive Director of the VLI, Dr. Charles is also an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Western University of Health Sciences.

Dr. Karen Cornell

Dr. Karen Cornell

Board of Directors

Dr. Cornell is a professor and the Asst Dept Head for the Dept of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia.

Dr. Andrew Clark

Dr. Andrew Clark

Board of Directors

Dr. Clark is the founder and president of Andrew R Clark, DVM, MBA, LLC, a management consulting company focused on CLARITY.

Dr. Lauren Olavessen

Dr. Lauren Olavessen

Board of Directors

Dr. Olavessen is a Senior Manager for the Medical Outreach Programs at Idexx.

Dr. Kenita Rogers

Dr. Kenita Rogers

Board of Directors

Dr. Rogers is the Executive Associate Dean and Professor at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Darcy Shaw

Dr. Darcy Shaw

Board of Directors

Dr. Shaw is a professor of small animal internal medicine in the Dept. of Companion Animals at University of PEI.

What's New
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VLE Packing List

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Hello VLE Participants!

We hope you are all getting excited for the 2016 Veterinary Leadership Experience (#VLE2016)! We’ve been creating some buzz about the upcoming event, posting little samples of what you may expect. We’ve had fun sharing these teasers with you, and we hope you’ve enjoyed them. Now we’d like to share some thoughts on WHAT TO BRING, and hope this will help you prepare for your trip.

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I hate to fail!!!

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I hate to fail.  And it’s not just that, I don’t even like to look like I don’t know what I’m doing, regardless of what it might be.  School, hobbies, any sort of physical endeavor- if I’m not a superstar right out of the gate, then I don’t like to participate.  There are lots of reasons this is the case.  1.  I’m the first born of four children.  2.  My father was a first generation immigrant with very high expectations of what his children would accomplish.  3. I showed some natural talent when I was young in both academics and athletics which made both pretty easy for me.  4.  I was never taught a growth mindset and instead lived most of my life with a very fixed mindset approach to learning.

When you combine all these factors, it’s the ideal environment for creating a perfectionist with a larger than life impostor syndrome complex.  And that is exactly what happened with me.  I have spent most of my life pleasing people and going the extra mile ALL THE TIME to keep anyone from finding out that the real Betsy isn’t the superwoman she projects.  The real Betsy wants desperately to be able to put herself out there and try new things, even if it means she might look silly or not be great out of the gate, but fear of being found out a fraud holds her back.

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Fun on the Field

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One of the foundational premises of the activity night called Fun on the Field is “It is OK to play”. In fact, it is downright healthy.  And here is a little data for all you scientists to support my assertion.

Socio-emotional areas:

  • Expressing more confidence (Ginsburg, 2007; Gray, 2011)
  • Developing conflict-resolution skills (Gray, 2011)
  • Cultivating social skills such as flexibil­ity, empathy, and the ability to be aware of one’s self (Burdette &Whitaker, 2005; Ginsburg, 2007; Gray, 2011)

Cognitive areas:

  • Increasing problem-solving capabili­ties (Kleiber & Barnett-Morris, 1993; Burdette & Whitaker, 2005; Ginsburg, 2007; Gray, 2011)
  • Deepening critical-thinking skills (Hurwitz, 2002)
  • Increasing curiosity (Burdette & Whitaker, 2005; Ginsburg, 2007)

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