Your Brand: Veterinary Portfolio Building for Career Transition (1659)
Professional Development |  Career Options
Sunday |  9:00 AM -  9:50 AM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||214D



Valerie Ragan DVM
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Valerie Ragan is director of the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine (CPCVM) with the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) at Virginia Tech. The CPCVM has a long history of training veterinary students and veterinarians for careers in veterinary medicine in fields other than private clinical practice. After five years as a small animal practitioner, Ragan transitioned to the Veterinary Services program with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of USDA. She started as a veterinary medical officer and public practice career trainee. She then served as an area epidemiology officer in two states, then was promoted to senior staff veterinarian in Washington DC, serving as the National Brucellosis Epidemiologist. She subsequently served as assistant deputy administrator of the agency's Veterinary Services program. In that capacity, she served as the national animal health surveillance coordinator, and established the National Surveillance Unit at USDA's Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health. Ragan then left USDA to start a veterinary consulting company, where her activities included resolving animal health issues such as disease control and eradication, and international veterinary capacity building. She sold that company in 2009 to join VMRCVM in her current position. Dr. Ragan continues to work around the world on the control of brucellosis and on projects related to veterinary capacity building. <br>Dr. Ragan attended Virginia Tech, and received her DVM in 1983 from the University of Georgia. She also completed post-graduate work in biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health.

Presentation Info

Audience: CE Pathway: Students & Early Career
CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 2


Veterinarians develop their personal brand through a variety of means. This process includes building professional and experiential background in the areas that would translate into traits desired by hiring organizations. Methods include participation in professional veterinary organizations or volunteer organizations, speaking in public venues, completing additional education, acquiring technical certifications, and other pathways. In addition, social media and the internet provide a method to develop your personal brand through participation in on-line forums, professional groups or exchanges. This brand development will advance your visibility within the profession and add to the total package you present in the application process.

This session is part of CE Pathway: Students & Early Career

Learning Objectives

1. Attendees will describe how to build a career portfolio applicable to non-practice careers

2. Attendees will describe various methods of developing their personal brand through organizations, social media, education, and other pathways

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