Women’s Veterinarian Leadership Development Initiative Announces Ceva Animal Health As First Industry Sponsor

(LAS VEGAS " February 17, 2014 " Western Veterinary Conference) — The Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative (WVLDI) and Ceva Animal Health today jointly announced they have entered into an agreement whereby Ceva has agreed to become the first WVLDI industry sponsor with an inaugural sponsorship of $15,000. The funds will be used for strategic planning, leadership, sponsorship skill cultivation and organizational development to fulfill the organization’s mission.

Dr. Karen Padgett, Chief Operating of Ceva Animal Health (holding check far left) presents the first industry sponsorship check to Dr. Karen Bradley, President of the WVLDI(holding check far right). Standing with them are WVLDI board members (left to right) Dr. Don Smith, Director; Dr. Stacy Pritt, President-Elect; Julie Kumble, MEd,Director; Dr. Rachel Cezar, Director and Dr. Doug Aspros, Secretary-Treasurer at the Western Veterinary Conference WVLDI Session February 17, 2014.

A special presentation and remarks will be made by Dr. Karen Padgett, Chief Operating Officer, Ceva Animal Health, at 10:00 a.m. February 17 at the Western Veterinary Conference WVLDI Event, Mandalay Bay Level III, Jasmine ABC between the “Mind the Gap” and “Secrets of Success” WVLDI Sessions 8:00 a.m. – Noon (See Program Details Below).

The WVLDI has received support from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and Dr. Elizabeth Sabin, the Associate Director for International and Diversity Initiatives is serving as an ad hoc member of the WVLDI Board.

“Ceva is pleased to support this entrepreneurial initiative. We recognize how important it is to support the advancement of women to leadership, policy and decision-making positions within all areas of professional veterinary activity. We look forward to working with the WVLDI to nurture its strategic growth at this important juncture in our profession,” said Padgett.

The WVLDI provides a platform to facilitate and encourage women to more fully participate in veterinary leadership roles, not only in organized veterinary medicine, but also in corporate, government, private practice, and academic positions.

“The WVLDI board is thrilled that Ceva has demonstrated the leadership to support WVLDI as our first corporate sponsor. It will provide much needed funds to continue the conversation and actions needed to encourage women to achieve their highest potential in all areas of the veterinary profession,” said Dr. Karen Bradley, President of WVLDI. (More)

About WVLDI: Created in July 2013 and formalized as a 501c3 in January 2014, the WVLDI is a grassroots volunteer initiative that has rapidly gained momentum. The WVLDI vision is to achieve leadership excellence in every sector of veterinary medicine that fully reflects the diversity of the profession and society. The WVLDI mission is to support women in seeking and achieving leadership, policy, and decision-making positions within all areas of professional veterinary activity. Visit www.womenveterinarians.org.

About Ceva Animal Health: Ceva Animal Health’s key companion animal products include the Vectra® line of parasiticides, Adaptil® and Feliway® pheromone behavior aids, and Altresyn® (altrenogest) for equine reproduction. The company’s North American headquarters is in Lenexa, Kansas. Visit www.ceva.us.

About Ceva: Ceva Santé Animale is a global veterinary health company focused on the research, development, production and marketing of pharmaceutical products and vaccines for pets, livestock, swine and poultry. Its headquarters is in Libourne, France. Visit www.ceva.com.


WVLDI Program
Western Veterinary Conference
Mandalay Bay III
Jasmine ABC
Monday, February 17, 2014
8:00 a.m. – Noon

“Mind the Gap”
Dr. Don Smith and Julie Kimble
Presentation on the gender leadership gap that exists in
all areas of veterinary medicine.
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Special Check Presentation & Remarks
Dr. Karen Padgett
Chief Operating Officer
Ceva Animal Health, LLC
10:00 – 10:10 a.m.
“Secrets of Success”
Dr. Doug Aspros & Dr. Karen Bradley
Presentation on the steps to success in organized veterinary leadership.
10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Roundtable Discussion
11:00 a.m. – Noon


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