Practice Management

(SP10DP) Panel Discussion: Leadership & Wellness

Tuesday, March 6
5:00 PM - 5:50 PM
MBCC, Breakers K, Level 2

CE Credits: 1

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Everyday Leadership in Vet Med Special Presentation: This session will feature a panel of speakers from diverse backgrounds to discuss their own experiences on putting everyday leadership into practice and how it has contributed to their personal and professional wellness. Stories will come from clinical practice, nontraditional career path, a wellness expert and others. You won't want to miss these honest and amazing stories! Part 4 or 4.

Learning Objectives:

Douglas Aspros

Board Member
Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative

Douglas G. Aspros, DVM is the Chief Veterinary Officer for Veterinary Practice Partners (VPP). VPP works to enhance the value of practice ownership to the profession and to deliver high quality care to veterinary clients and their pets.
As a companion animal veterinarian, Dr. Aspros has been an owner of two AAHA-accredited general practices and the managing partner of a group-owned emergency practice in Westchester County, NY.
Developing strong relationships in the wider veterinary community over his career, Dr. Aspros served as President of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) from 2012-13 and is a Past-President of the NYSVMS. He has worked on behalf of the profession in diverse leadership roles over the years in education, public health, nutrition, licensure and credentialing, and is currently a Trustee of the AVMA-PLIT.
He has been a determined voice in the need for diversity and in promoting women into leadership roles in veterinary medicine, including practice ownership, and is a founding board member of the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Diversity Initiative (WVLDI).
He and his wife live in Pound Ridge, NY with their Norfolk terrier, African Grey parrot and one awesome cat.


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Jen Brandt

Director of Member Wellbeing and Diversity Initiatives

Dr. Jen Brandt is the AVMA Director of Member Wellbeing and Diversity Initiatives, responsible for identifying, developing, implementing and coordinating activities and programs that enhance the wellbeing of its members, and advancing the association’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the profession.

Dr. Brandt received her Ph.D. in Social Work and her Master of Social Work from The Ohio State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Sociology with a Minor in Spanish from the University of Indianapolis.

Prior to joining the AVMA, Dr. Brandt served in several roles at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, including Director of Individual and Organizational Development; Director of Health and Wellness; Director of Student Services and founder and coordinator of the Honoring the Bond Client Support Services Program.


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Laura Buscher

Director of Professional Relations

Laura Buscher, DVM Director of Professional Relations at Compassion-First Pet Hospitals. I am a 1988 Graduate of ISU, a former dog trainer, 4-H judge, active veterinary association member, practice owner, relief veterinarian , animal control administrator, speaker and mother of 9. All mine and all single births. I have three grandchildren.


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Whitney L. Miller

Director of Veterinary Medicine

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 those standards are communicated and reinforced at every touchpoint and throughout every level of the business.
Dr. Miller received her MBA and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in 2006 and 2008 respectively, both from Colorado State University.
Prior to joining Petco, Dr. Miller served as a contract veterinarian for Zoetis, worked in federal government relations for the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), advocating on animal welfare issues, and spent time as a private practitioner of companion animal veterinary medicine. She also completed the AVMA Congressional Fellowship program, where she spent a year advising on science policy for a U.S. Senate Committee. During her tenure she worked on issues related to biosecurity/biodefense, medical emergency preparedness, and influenza pandemic readiness and response.
Dr. Miller is passionate about organized veterinary medicine and promoting opportunities for women in leadership of the veterinary profession. She lives in the San Antonio area with her two young children, recently military-retired husband, and pets. She welcomes any opportunities to mentor veterinarians that have questions on non-clinical career paths or work/life balance in veterinary medicine.


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