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PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT · March 2nd, 2022

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Dr. Stacy Burdick

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we are highlighting the contributions of women in leadership and veterinary medicine. What better way to commemorate the month than by recognizing one of our great leaders, Dr. Stacy Burdick, who serves as NVA Compassion-First’s Clinical Advisor. Learn more about how she has advanced and supported women in the veterinary field in the below Q&A.

How are you advancing and supporting women in the veterinary field?

With majority women members, I’m proud to be a part of the Specialty Advisory Board (SAB) within the NVA Compassion-First community. The SAB serves as thought leaders both internally and within our industry and is empowered to drive medical collaboration and advancements.

While you’ve been working in the veterinary industry, what progress has been made for women?

Recently during the NVA C-F National Meeting, I was honored to be a part of the Women In Leadership panel discussion. I believe open and honest conversations like these highlight the gender differences encountered within leadership positions and allow us to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges we face as women leaders.

We received an immense amount of gratitude from both men and women after this discussion. It was humbling to hear how many men were appreciative of the different perspectives and how many women commiserated with the daily challenges encountered. Progress can come in many different forms, and while we still have a long way to go – awareness and understanding are huge steps in the right direction!

(From left to right) Hill’s Corporate Veterinary Affairs Manager Dr. Rebecca Tremble, NVA C-F Clinical Advisor Dr. Stacy Burdick, Hill’s US Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Karen Shenoy, NVA C-F Deputy General Counsel Hana Wolf, NVA Pet Resorts Group President Anne Stanchfield, and NVA’s Chief Marketing Officer Laura Koester at the 2022 NVA C-F National Meeting.

Can you talk more about the importance of women leaders in the veterinary profession?

It has been shown in studies that increasing gender diversity on a leadership team improves overall value for a company. Despite the percentage of women in the vet profession, we remain underrepresented in leadership positions. This is a huge miss and one that the NVA C-F community team is actively working to change. I am proud to work for an organization that recognizes there are many aspects required to help with gender equality in leadership and started programs like the Women Empowering Women retreat to help give our future women leaders the tools they need to succeed.

Who is the most influential woman you know? How does she inspire you?

My mom is the most inspirational person I know.  Coming from a difficult background, she put all of her efforts into building businesses and her family.  She believes in the power of positive thinking and that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

My mom showed me that you do not have to choose a career over family, you can be a great mom and a successful businesswoman.  She also showed me life didn’t always have to go perfectly – ie: holding t-ball socks out of the car windows to dry on the way to practice – as long as you are together with the ones you love and are having an amazing time, perfection really isn’t that important.

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