How can we all make a difference in promoting healthy leadership in the veterinary profession?

02 July 2022
3 mins read
Volume 13 · Issue 6
Jenny Langridge, Acting Editor of Veterinary Woman which partners with XLVets to form Veterinary Women in Leadership.


Everyone can develop their leadership qualities. Veterinary Women In Leadership was set up to support women in leadership, hosting in-person and online events, supporting networking and offering access to mentoring programmes.

John F. Kennedy said that ‘Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. Veterinary Women In Leadership (VWIL), a collaboration between Veterinary Woman and XLVets, was set up with that belief in mind. It hosts a variety of in-person and online events on topics enabling positive actions towards future career developments, such as exploring different leadership styles and sharing diverse and motivating career stories.

At a recent event, over 20 veterinary professionals from practice and industry took part in an online discussion hosted by Veterinary Women In Leadership (VWIL) on the topic ‘What can the career stories of the past teach the leaders of the future?’ A broad range of participants, including vets, RVNs, practice owners and directors, and industry professionals brought a variety of different perspectives on topics including developing confidence in making career decisions, tackling issues of practice culture, and how veterinary leaders can best support inclusivity and diversity within the profession.

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