Kathleen Ruby, PhD, was the director of counseling and wellness and a faculty member at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine for 19 years, where she now serves as an adjunct professor. She was the cofounder of the Veterinary Learning Experience, an experiential retreat geared toward building personal leadership skills and a wellness mindset for veterinary students and practitioners. Additionally, she was the founding editor in chief for Exceptional Veterinary Team and Veterinary Team Brief. Kathy is a member of the AVMA Wellness Task Force and has helped launch a professional group for veterinary mental health practitioners. She speaks and writes about wellness and wellbeing issues throughout the profession.
FUN FACT: The grandmother of 2 toddlers and 2 newborns, Kathy now realizes that going to work every day takes much less energy than spending 8 hours caring for little ones.