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Dr. Justine Lee

Saint Paul, MN

VETgirl, LLC.

Dr. Justine Lee is a board-certified veterinary specialist in both emergency critical care (DACVECC) and toxicology (DABT). Dr. Lee attended veterinary school at Cornell University and completed her internship at Angell (Boston, MA). She completed her fellowship and residency in emergency and critical care at University of Pennsylvania. Previously, she was on faculty at University of Minnesota (2003-2008) and the head of an animal poison control center (2008-2013). She is the founder and CEO of VETgirl, a subscription-based podcast and webinar service offering RACE-approved, online veterinary continuing education. 


Dr. Lee has been published in numerous veterinary journals, including JAVMA, JVECC, JVIM, and JAAHA. Dr. Lee also co-edited and co-authored Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Small Animal Toxicology (Wiley-Blackwell 2011). She is also one of the editors for the Veterinary Clinics of North America Small Animal: Emergency Medicine textbook (Elsevier 2013). Dr. Lee is the author of two humorous pet reference books entitled It’s a Dog’s Life… but It’s Your Carpet and It’s a Cat’s World… You Just Live In It. She has also published several veterinary textbooks along with book chapters, and has been aired on radio and television to promote preventative medicine, animal health, and the overall well being of pets. Dr. Lee lectures throughout the world on emergency and critical care, and recently was honored with “Speaker of the Year” at the North American Veterinary Conference (2011, 2015, 2016). Dr. Lee is the former contributor/blogger to Prevention magazine, PetMD: The Daily Vet, Pet Health Network and Voyce. She has been featured on NBC Weekend Today, Rachael Ray, WCCO, MPR, and various other TV and radio engagements. Dr. Lee is a part-time criticalist at Animal Emergency & Referral Center, a specialty referral hospital in the Twin Cities, MN. More information can be found at and



Topic #1: How to survive as a female in a dog-eat-dog world

Description: This lecture reviews the gender shift in veterinary medicine, and the move towards a "pink-collar profession." Dr. Lee reviews whether we should "Lean In" as females, how to combat common mistakes as a female small business owner, and how to battle work-life balance and family planning as a small business owner

Topic #2: Top 5 mistakes to avoid on social media

Description: This lecture reviews the importance of social media as a way of connecting with your pet owners and to help promote your veterinary small business. However, avoid these top 5 mistakes commonly made with social media!

Topic #3: What they don’t teach you about small business ownership in vet school!

Description: This lecture reviews the random business advice never taught in veterinary school, including steps on how to start your small business, the importance of social media in promoting your small business, and the growing pains with developing your business plan.

Topic #4: Anything emergency/critical care/toxicology

Description:I can lecture on anything emergency, critical care and toxiciology related too! As the only double-board certified veterinary specialist in both emergency critical care and toxicology, I'm passionate about educating and teaching through clinically relevant, practical CE!

Topic #5: How not to be a broke veterinary student

Description: This lecture reviews simple financial tips on how to tackle the debt-to-income ratio, the growing student debt, and how to become more financially savvy as a veterinary student.

Speaker Fees: requires travel costs to be covered (e.g., flight, hotel, travel per diem), and speaker fees, typically $2500-3500/event.

Phone: 858-859-1838

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