Women’s leadership group welcomes new president

Banfield’s Dr. Kimberly-Ann Therrien will lead the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative, followed by Dr. Laura Pletz.

Women’s leadership group welcomes new president
From left, Dr. Kimberly-Ann Therrien and Dr. Laura Pletz.

The Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative, established in 2013 to support women in seeking and achieving leadership, policy and decision-making positions within the profession, has a new president and president-elect.

Kimberly-Ann Therrien, DVM, who serves as vice president of veterinary quality for Banfield Pet Hospital’s Midwest region, became president, a voluntary role, on Jan. 1. Laura Pletz, DVM, a scientific services manager with food maker Royal Canin, was named president-elect and will assume the top job in January 2022.

Dr. Therrien will hold the president’s position for two years.

“Dr. Therrien is committed to … building partnerships, seeking sponsorships and putting programs in place that help create a more inclusive and diverse profession for veterinary professionals of today and tomorrow,” the organization reported.

She joined Banfield Pet Hospital in 2006 as an associate veterinarian and today oversees more than 180 hospitals.

Dr. Pletz, a former practice owner, joined Royal Canin’s technical services team in 2012.

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