Sunday, April 22nd • Oregon Zoo• 7 hrs CE Credit


Registration will open at 7:45am
Elective Day Break Yoga and Walk will begin at 8am

Betsy Charles DVM, MA
Veterinary Leadership Institute
Western University of Health Sciences

Cracking the Perfectionism Code Among Veterinary Professionals- The tie between effective personal leadership and well-being in veterinary medicine

Using real world examples, Dr. Charles will unify the themes presented throughout the conference such that attendees can better understand how words, vulnerability, and emotional intelligence as well as appropriate well-being support and encouragement can set the stage for success in veterinary school and practice.

Constructive Conflict Resolution

Most of us do not like conflict but when handled well, conflict can help our professional relationships thrive and our businesses grow. In this workshop, participants will be presented a model for conflict resolution that breaks conflict into its component parts. Then, participants can focus on ways to make connections between parties in conflict in order to foster forward movement and resolution.

Learn more about Dr. Charles

Elizabeth “Betsy” Charles, DVM, MA combines a wide variety of professional experiences with her love of veterinary medicine in order to help others be the best they can be.  After graduating from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 and completing an internship with an equine referral hospital, she joined a performance horse practice as an associate veterinarian and then, after 3 years, served as their Imaging Center Director for another 3 years.  In addition to her responsibilities within the imaging center, she developed the practice’s extern program that included students from all over the country as well as formal involvement with the 3rd and 4th year veterinary students from Western University of Health Sciences.  She is also an adjunct professor at Washington State University.

Dr. Charles completed a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership in May 2009 where her thesis dealt with implementation of change efforts within organizations, specifically veterinary practice.  To that end, she loves helping veterinary professionals understand how the principles of emotional intelligence can help facilitate implementation of change initiatives in practice using the servant leadership model.

One of her main areas of interest is generational diversity as it applies to veterinary medicine and she has spoken on this topic at veterinary colleges around the country, various state veterinary medical association meetings, the AAEP National Convention, and the North American Veterinary Conference.  She has also helped team members in private practice implement these communication strategies.  She has been involved with the Veterinary Leadership Experience as a speaker and facilitator for 9 years and is now the Executive Director of The Veterinary Leadership Institute, the organization responsible for putting on the annual VLE event.  She served on the AVMA’s Council on Communication, recently completed a term on the Student Relations Committee for the American Association of Equine Practitioners and is now a member of the AAEP’s Leadership Development Committee as well as the AAEP’s Student Programs Task Force.

Currently, Dr. Charles is an Assistant Professor at Western University of Health Sciences where she teaches radiology, leadership, and serves as a content expert in equine medicine and surgery.  Her role as Executive Director of the VLE allows her to continue to combine her passion for veterinary medicine, leadership development, teaching, and communication so she can be a difference maker in the veterinary profession.

Alex Rowell Psy.D
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Oregon State University Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine Wellness Coordinator

A Wellness Approach to Combating Compassion Fatigue

During this presentation you will learn how stress, burn out, and compassion fatigue effect students, staff, faculty, and practitioners in the veterinary medicine profession. Attendees will also walk away with strategies and skills to help combat compassion fatigue in clinical practice

Learn more about Dr. Rowell

As more information comes to light on the prevalence of physical and mental health challenges for veterinarians, the topic of wellness has become an issue for discussion in the profession. The OSU College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) took that issue to heart by hiring a Wellness Coordinator and Counselor in 2016 to help faculty, staff and students.

With a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Alex Rowell has many years of experience as a counselor in academia. At OSU CVM, he will provides onsite hours for one-on-one counseling and consultation services, and has developed the college’s new wellness program. “The wellness part of this job is going to be a cultural shift which I am super excited to be a part of,” he says. “Wellness is not something a physician or a psychologist does, it is something a culture does. It takes little changes.”

Typically, veterinary students are so busy, they neglect their need for sleep, exercise and nutrition.  “When I think of wellness I think of lifestyle,” says Rowell. “It means taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or holding a walking meeting instead of sitting in a room; wellness is meditating or just being mindful of what you are doing.”

Rowell spends time just getting to know people by attending events, or even going on hospital rounds. He also collaborates with student organizations.

Full  Program Schedule

7:45-8:45am                      Registration/Light Breakfast

8:00-8:30am                     Sunrise Yoga/Zoo Walk

8:45-9:00am                     Welcome- Start of the Program

9:00-10:00am                   Cracking the Perfectionism Code- Dr. Betsy Charles, Veterinary Leadership Institute

10:00-10:20am                        Break/Activity time

20 minute microlectures

10:20-10:40am                 Financial WellnessMackenzie Martin, Medical Professionals Financial Group

10:40-11:00am                 Antimicrobial Stewardship and Judicious Use of Antibiotics in Companion Animal PracticeDr. Sharon Grayzel

11:00-11:20am                 Abuse/Neglect Reporting, Forensics- Title Pending, Dr. Emily Ferrell, Oregon Humane Society

11:20-11:40am                 Leading Teams to SuccessDolores Galindo CVT, PCC Veterinary Tech Program/OVTAA President

11:40am-12:30pm                 Lunch/Flex activity time

12:30-1:30pm                    Constructive Conflict Resolution- Dr. Betsy Charles, Veterinary Leadership Institute

1:30-1:40pm                      Break

20 minute microlectures

1:40-2:00pm                      OroNasal Fistula Repair- Dr. Jean Battig, Animal Dental Clinic Northwest

2:00-2:20pm                      Cavies Are Like Cats: Hyperthyroidism in Guinea Pigs- Dr. Paul Gibbons, Avian and Exotic Veterinary Care

2:20-2:40pm                      Are Anxiety and Aggression Cases Achy? The Role of DJD in Behavioral Complaints- Dr. Jacqui Neilson, Elanco

2:40-3:00pm                      Break/Flex time

3:00-4:00pm                      A Wellness Approach to Combating Compassion FatigueDr. Alex Rowell, OSU CVM Wellness Coordinator

4:00-5:00pm       Wrap-up activities and depart

Schedule will be be posted soon!