Karen Bradley, DVM

District I AVMA Board of Directors Representative

AVMA Officers
Biographical Sketch​

Dr. Karen Bradley graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. Early in her career she worked companion animal relief and emergency medicine in the Atlanta area before relocating to Vermont. There she joined Onion River Animal Hospital in 2000, becoming a partner in 2003 and to this day, co-owns the clinic with 2 other female veterinarians practicing small animal medicine and surgery. She became involved in organized veterinary medicine initially in the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA):

  • Animal Welfare Committee (Co-chair 2002-2006, Member 2002-2011
  • Legislative Advisory/Governmental Relations Committee (Chair 2005-2014, Member 2005-present)—founded committee, work closely with VVMA lobbyist and state legislators on legislative issues that impact veterinarians in Vermont
  • Executive Board (Member 2002-2015)

The VVMA elected her to the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD):

  • AVMA House Advisory Committee 2010-2013 (Vice Chair 2011-2012, Chair 2012-2013)
  • Delegate for Vermont 2012-2015
  • Alternate Delegate for Vermont 2008-2011

Also at the AVMA, she chaired the Governance Engagement team (GET) 2013-2014.

Karen helped found the not-for-profit Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative (WVLDI) with an advisory board of dedicated individuals:

  • Founding member, President 2013-2015, Immediate Past President 2016.
  • Speaker at national veterinary conferences representing WVLDI including: AVMA 2014, AVMA 2015, AVMA 2016, AVMA VLC 2015, AVMA VLC 2016, SAVMA 2014, NAVC 2015, WVC 2014, WVC 2015, WVC 2016, CVC 2015, CVC 2016, MVC 2016.

Dr. Bradley is a veterinarian dedicated to her community and has volunteered at:
Central Vermont Humane Society, Montpelier, VT

  • Visiting Shelter Veterinarian 2000-2006 and 2015
  • Participate with Onion River Animal Hospital as a major supporter for most events
East Montpelier Elementary School, East Montpelier, VT
  • Parent volunteer for classroom and Educating Children Outdoors (ECO) 2011-present

Various Career Fair/Vermont VMA and Onion River Animal Hospital Tables/Booths at Events and Classroom Presentations on Veterinary Medicine throughout Central Vermont

  • 2003-present

Karen is passionate about encouraging leadership in her fellow veterinarians and was a co-author for the JAVMA commentary, "A Renewed Call for Veterinary Leaders" (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, September 15, 2015, Vol. 247, No. 6, Pages 592-594, doi: 10.2460/javma.247.6.592).

Her leadership objective is to serve the members of her professional organizations, as a forward-thinking and strategic leader and to mentor and encourage other veterinarians to actively engage, participate, and become leaders in our veterinary associations and communities at large.