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An Experiential Journey to (Re) Discover Your Purpose in Veterinary Medicine


Leading With Integrity

A retreat for veterinary professionals who desire to lead differently.


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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

Executive Director

Dr. Lauren Olavessen

Board President

Dr. Olavessen is the Senior Medical Director for the CAG Medical Organization at IDEXX.

Dr. Karen Cornell


Dr. Cornell is a professor and the Associate Dean for Professional Programs at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Dr. Darcy Shaw


Dr. Shaw is professor emeritus of small animal internal medicine in the Dept. of Companion Animals, Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), University of Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Dr. Kenita Rogers

Board of Directors

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

Dr. Jennifer Schleining

Board of Directors

Dr. Jennifer Schleining is a board certified large animal surgeon in the Department of Veterinary Large Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A&M.

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