The veterinary profession has undergone a great demographic shift over the past 25 years, but the change in leadership hasn’t kept pace. Women, now more than half of the profession and rising, need to be better represented in leadership roles if we’re to deliver on the promise of veterinary medicine to society.

WVLDI is dedicated to helping develop those leaders – in organized veterinary medicine, and from practice owners to academia to corporate boards – and to achieve a stronger, more effective and personally rewarding profession.

Through social and other media, we’ve driven this discussion within the profession. Our presentations at major meetings, like this one, have helped veterinarians better understand the problem; our workshops have given participants the tools to apply towards solutions. On campus, we’ve helped students develop their skills and to appreciate the importance of leadership in their careers.

It’s not a job we can tackle alone. We need the support and cooperation of veterinarians across the spectrum – and not just women (although we need you) – who understand that the future of veterinary medicine is tied to the success of the people in the profession. Help us to help you, and help lead our profession into the future.

  • Rachel Cezar, DVM


    Dr. Rachel Cezar, DVM is our new incoming WVLDI President for 2017 and to serve till 2019.  She has been active with WVLDI since its indoctrination of 2013. Dr. Cezar’s career passion has focused on government regulatory veterinary medicine.  She currently serves as Director of Live Animal Imports for United States Department of Agriculture – […]

  • Bridget Heilsberg, DVM


    Dr. Bridget Heilsberg was born and raised in rural upstate New York, and was bitten by the horse bug at the early age of 8.  She actively rode and competed in the Hunter/Jumper circuit before moving to Ithaca, New York in 1999 for college.  She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science, with a focus […]

  • Douglas G. Aspros, DVM


    Dr. Douglas G. Aspros earned his DVM from Cornell University. He is currently Chief Veterinary Officer for Veterinary Practice Partners (VPP). A companion animal veterinarian, he has been the owner of two general practices and the managing partner of a group-owned emergency practice in Westchester County, NY. Developing strong relationships in the wider veterinary community […]

  • Rebecca Steers, DVM

    Board Member

    Growing up in New Hampshire, Dr. Steers knew she wanted to be a veterinarian when she realized that it joined her love of animals with her passion to help people. This solidified in high school when she volunteered at the local animal shelter. Focused on a full educational experience, she decided to major in Spanish […]

  • Caitlin DeWilde, DVM

    Board Member

    Dr. Caitlin DeWilde is a 2009 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced in both small private and large corporate practice before joining the veterinary team at Brentwood Animal Hospital in 2014. Her professional interests are related to general small animal medicine, particularly medical management of joint and endocrine diseases. […]

  • Ted Cohn, DVM

    Board Member
    Ted Cohn

    Ted Cohn, DVM, AVES (Hon) Dr. Ted Cohn has devoted almost forty years of service to the people and animals of Colorado and the veterinary medical profession. Since graduating from Tuskegee University in 1975 with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Ted has distinguished himself as a veterinarian in Colorado and a leader, both locally […]

  • Deborah A. Stone, MBA, PhD, CVPM

    Board Member
    Deb Stone

    Deborah Stone owns and operates Stone Veterinary Practice Management (StoneVPM) based in Austin, Texas. She has been involved with the veterinary profession for nearly thirty years and has experience in specialty, emergency and general practice management. She earned an MBA with a concentration in business management and completed her PhD in Organizational Leadership. Deborah is […]

  • Whitney Miller, DVM

    Board Member

    Dr. Whitney Miller serves as Petco’s veterinary medical subject matter expert, supporting Petco’s Animal Care, Education & Compliance team.  In her role, she works closely with Petco’s executive team and cross-functional leaders across merchandising, store operations, private brand and more, to ensure the company’s industry-leading standards for animal care are upheld, and the importance of […]

  • Alina Teslenko

    Student Director
    Alina Teslenko

    Alina is a student at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine (Class of 2019). She earned her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Biology at Bradley University in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Alina chose the veterinary field upon recognizing her curiosity about the complex interplay between organ systems and the challenging nature […]

  • Kimberly-Ann Therrien, DVM

    Board Member
    Kim Thierren

    A 2005 graduate of the University of Montreal, Dr. Kimberly Ann Therrien moved her family from Canada and joined Banfield Pet Hospital in 2006 as an associate veterinarian in Largo, Florida. In 2009, she was promoted to Medical Director for Florida, in 2015 promoted to Regional Medical Director for the Midwest Region and most recently […]

  • Elizabeth (Beth) A. Sabin, DVM, PhD, CAE

    Board Member

    Dr. Beth Sabin is the AVMA’s Director for Global Outreach within the Public Policy Strategic Business Unit. She has been with the AVMA since August 1998, first as an Assistant Editor in the Publications Division, then as an Assistant Director in the Education and Research Division, and most recently as Associate Director for International and […]

  • Lisa M. Greenhill, MPA, EdD

    Board Member
    Lisa Greenhill

    Lisa Greenhill currently serves as the Associate Executive Director for Institutional Research and Diversity at the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).  Dr. Greenhill directs the Association’s internal study of academic veterinary medicine through collaborative research, analysis and publication efforts.  She also manages the DVM: DiVersity Matters initiative, which promotes increased representation of underrepresented […]

  • Julie Kumble, MEd

    Board Member

    Julie Kumble is a researcher, writer and director in women’s leadership. Most recently at the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, a public philanthropic foundation that supports and advances women, she served as the foundation’s interim director as well as the founding director of a leadership training program called the Leadership Institute for Political and Public […]