Today, women play a significant role in veterinary medicine. As more women enter the profession, we want to empower them to grow in their veterinary careers. Through firsthand experiences and stories from women who are practice owners, you will hear the successes and hurdles they had to overcome. We hope Own It is a place where you can be inspired by other women’s stories, learn practical steps to grow in your career and be encouraged to lead in your veterinary practice or community.

Live Oak Bank has funded over $340 million to women veterinarians. If you're ready to own it, we're here to help.

In Her Shoes: Stories of Women Owning It

Join Dr. Jessica Trichel as she travels across the country to explore stories from women who are Owning It in veterinary careers and learn from experts on topics to help support your journey. We hope that you are inspired by these women’s vision, their successes, the hurdles they had to overcome, struggles they endured and lessons learned along the way so that you too can Own It!

Once you register to become part of the Own It community, you can listen to any episode of this series. Rather than a formal presentation, these casual conversations took place at conferences, trade shows and practices—so don’t worry about needing to be in front of your computer.

Meet Our Veterinarians

Dr. Jessica Trichel combines her veterinary training with a passion for business education to lead Live Oak Bank’s educational outreach program. She aims to educate current and future small business owners by addressing topics that help remove the mystery around financing and topics relating to business ownership. She is equipped with a wealth of information from Live Oak Bank’s industry specific loan portfolios and team member’s expertise. Dr. Trichel presents nationwide on a variety of topics related to small business ownership, with the goal of inspiring and educating the next generation on how to live out the American dream of owning their own businesses.

In 2012, Dr. Carol Hart brought over 18 years of expertise as a practicing veterinarian to Live Oak Bank. Dr. Hart has a wealth of experience in all aspects of the veterinary industry, having served as Associate Veterinarian at several small animal clinics and hospitals in the Fresno and Manteca, CA areas. From 1999–2001, Dr. Hart was a practicing Veterinarian and Field Director at Banfield. During her time at Banfield, she served as the Medical and Financial Operations Manager for seven full-service hospitals. She also continued to practice small animal medicine and perform surgery at some of the Banfield facilities. Other responsibilities included overseeing the recruitment and training of DVM’s and hiring and managing non-DVM hospital staff.

Dr. Hart earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University, graduating magna cum laude. Her lifelong love of animals drove her to attend veterinary school at the University of California-Davis. Dr. Hart is currently licensed to practice veterinary medicine in California and North Carolina.

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