Sam Morello, DVM, DACVS-LA
Sam Morello, DVM, DACVS-LA, received her bachelor’s degree and DVM from Cornell University and completed a large animal surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. She spent over a decade in academia as an associate professor of surgery. In addition to clinical research, Morello has published extensively on professional sustainability in veterinary medicine, studying economic, career path, and personal life topics with a particular focus on gender.
She has been an invited speaker nationally and internationally and at veterinary schools across the country. Her goals are to use scaled data to create insights that might improve mentorship, support career navigation, and guide those in management and leadership roles to shape policies and target pipelines in the veterinary workforce.
She has mentored students, residents, and young veterinarians through the decisions, challenges, and successes of building a career along with a life and has fostered leadership through engaging student participation and voices in her research and speaking opportunities.
Morello is currently the assistant director for education and research at the AVMA. She also serves as the assistant director for continuing education for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and as a faculty with AOVet, where she helped to design and launch the internationally run AO Access program, dedicated to improving gender and racial diversity, opportunity, and mentorship among a global community of human and veterinary orthopedic surgeons.
She has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative (WVLDI). Morello continues her work in research and advocacy as a courtesy associate professor at the Cornell University Center for Veterinary Business and Entrepreneurship.