Meet Veterinarian Dr. Michelle Larsen
Dr. Michelle knows what it’s like to be business-minded person with a veterinary passion. As a result, her mission in life is to improve the profession’s well-being by brain-storming how we can overcome the challenges facing our wonderful profession.
Michelle did not know from an early age she wanted to be a veterinarian. While she dabbled in pre-med courses during her undergrad years, she changed majors several times until at last thought finance was the practical career choice that would please her parents and make her money (happy?). But once out in the business world, she was without purpose and bored, and asked herself, “can I go on like this for the next 30, 40 years?” The answer was no and despite knowing how difficult getting into veterinary school would be, she started down the path of a major career transition. Her first blog, lifeofaveterinarystudent.blogspot.com chronicled these 4 years and helped numerous others decide if a career change was right for them. She enjoyed blogging, but once vet school ended and clinical practice took over, so did writers block.
Michelle missed the connection to the Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) and the veterinary students and wanted to help the profession beyond clinical practice. While she found emergency practice rewarding, through a part-time position with Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), she learned that by merging her business experience with veterinary students to impact some of the professions’ issues, her purpose in veterinary medicine blossomed.
Dr. Michelle Larsen currently works full time as a Clinic Manager for one of five small animal emergency clinics in Phoenix, AZ. Part-time, she works as a field veterinarian for VPI, traveling to veterinary schools discussing how to become a productive associate and transition from student to doctor using pet insurance and wellness plans. She serves on both the Young Leaders Advisory Council and Public Relations committees for the Arizona VMA. She was a facilitator for the inaugural 2014 AAHA Student NABA conference held at AAHA Nashville 2014. She serves as an at-large board of director for American Association for Corporate and Public Practice Veterinarians (AACPPV). She is available for speaking engagements at veterinary colleges on topics including job search, tackling student debt, considering practice ownership, mentorship vs internship, leadership.