Kathleen Ruby, PhD, Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Kathleen Ruby, PhD, has been the director of counseling and wellness and a faculty member at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine for the past 18 years. She was the cofounder of the Veterinary Leadership 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 well-being issues throughout the profession. She is also a member of the Veterinary Team Brief advisory board.
FUN FACT: Kathy recently returned from an 18-month sabbatical in New Zealand, which had been on her wellness bucket list for 2 decades. She especially recommends long beach walks and flat whites as prime soul-quenchers.
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