June 15, 2017


 Book written about veterinary leadership

Posted May 31, 2017

Two founders of the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative have put out a book titled “Leaders of the Pack: Women and the Future of Veterinary Medicine.”

The book, published March 15, was written by Julie Kumble, CEO of Greater Good Leadership, and the late Dr. Donald F. Smith, dean emeritus of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

The two interviewed a number of people, researched prevailing themes, and studied trends from the past.

“One thing became clear. If the profession is more than half female and students at veterinary schools are over 75 percent female, the future of veterinary medicine depends on strong leaders. Those leaders need to represent who veterinarians and their clients are today: women,” Kumble wrote on her website.

The book explores themes in leadership and wellness, spotlights successes, and examines challenges.

Temple Grandin, PhD, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, wrote in a review for the book: “Many different women tell their stories on how to be successful. ‘Leaders of the Pack’ has four big take-home messages. Sometimes the door to opportunity will open in an unexpected place. Have the confidence to walk through it. To become a leader in your profession, you need to have perseverance. When the going gets rough, you have to just keep going. In my own career, I found mentors who helped me. Mentors will seek you out if you are enthusiastic. The last message is become a good communicator and public speaker.”

The book is available from Purdue University Press as an ePub, PDF, or paperback here.