Sunday, April 19th • Oregon Zoo• 7.5 hrs CE Credit

— Event Cancelled–

​In light of the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to ensure we are doing our part to help minimize the spread of the virus, especially to those family and community members that are most vulnerable. We have decided to cancel the 2020 PVMA Wellness Symposium scheduled for April 19th. The Symposium is a highly interactive event with over 175 attendees, so it would be difficult to ensure the safety of all those involved.

We are grateful for the support of our sponsors as well as the Oregon Zoo. We will be working on issuing refunds to those who have registered to attend, as well as refunds to our sponsors.

​The PVMA Board of Directors will be working on ways we can still provide CE and other support to our community members while social-distancing is recommended. At this time, we will move forward with holding our small workshops (25 people or less) at the PVMA office in the coming weeks. Again, this may change but we will continue to provide communications as needed. It will likely take some time before we know if rescheduling our larger events will be an option or if we will host some small-scale wellness events in lieu of the symposium this year.

​Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all navigate this together.


This year’s Symposium will be dedicated entirely to workshops and programming focusing on the health and well-being of veterinary professionals and those working in animal welfare. We hope to facilitate conversations and develop a better understanding about communication, conflict resolution, and wellness issues within the profession. We will provide an opportunity for attendees to focus on themselves and learn tools and techniques to implement in their daily lives and well as connect with others in our community by providing wellness activities available to attendees throughout the event. By taking better care of ourselves and supporting one another, we strive to improve the health and well-being of our community.

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

Keynote Speakers

Sponsored by the Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin and Tanasbourne Veterinary Emergency

Betsy Charles DVM, MA

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 currently an assistant professor at Western University of Health Sciences.

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  also the Executive Director of the VLE which allows her to combine her passion for veterinary medicine, leadership development, teaching, and communication so she can be a difference maker in the veterinary profession. She enjoys having authentic and meaningful conversations with everyone who crosses her path, reading, and taking the time to be still, something she is just learning how to do. When she is not trying to make a difference in the veterinary profession, you can find her at the barn riding, Lenny, the best horse ever.


Megan Brashear BS, RVT, VTS (ECC)

Megan Brashear, BS, RVT, VTS (ECC) graduated in 2000 with a BS in Veterinary Technology. She has worked in emergency/critical care since 2000 and earned her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Emergency/Critical Care in 2004. Megan currently works as the Small Animal Veterinary Nursing Manager at the Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in West Lafayette, Indiana where she enjoys working with the technician supervisors as well as teaching and training technicians and students on the hospital floor. She loves the opportunity to travel and lecture sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with veterinary technicians and nurses.



Oregon Zoo

Banquet Center
4001 SW Canyon Rd
Portland, OR  97221


Paid parking is in effect from 9:30am to 8:00pm

$2/hr, $8/all day

Registration Pricing

We are  excited to offer low registration rates again this year, for PVMA and OVTAA members. We hope that this will help eliminate financial obstacles for those wanting to attend . We are grateful for incredible sponsor support making this possible!

Early Bird Registration Discount: Additional $5 off for OVTAA and PVMA members who register before March 2nd!

  • Veterinary Team, Shelter Staff, and Students (Non-OVTAA Members)

  • $75