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


Discussion: What do you have, a bee in your bonnet?– Megan Brashear

I am the Boss of Me- Taking the right control of your life– Dr. Betsy Charles

Clear is Kind, part 1- Ask for what you need– Megan Brashear and Dr. Betsy Charles

Panel Discussion– Focus and participants pending

Clear is Kind, part 2- Understanding the veterinarian-Technician relationship-Megan Brashear and Dr. Betsy Charles

Clash of the Titans- Effective Conflict Resolution– Dr. Betsy Charles and Megan Brashear

Dr. Betsy Charles
Western University of Health Sciences
Veterinary Leadership Institute

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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
Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Learn more about Megan Brashear

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.

Panel Discussion

We will also be facilitating a panel discussion- details to come!