Episode #34

How Turning Your Vision Into Action Can Change Your Life And Career

Host: Veterinary Business Institute | Published Date: May 30, 2024

Imagine transforming your veterinary career from just a job to a path towards your dream life!  This episode of the Veterinary Business Podcast cracks the code on how to do exactly that. Dr. Kelly Cooper, Founder/ Owner of Reality Vet Coaching & Consulting, a powerhouse with experience in both private practice and corporate leadership, joins host Naren Arulrajah to reveal the magic of crafting a vision statement. 

Learn how to turn that vision into concrete goals using the SMART framework, and discover how to weave your aspirations into the everyday grind.  Whether you dream of an idyllic retirement or revolutionizing the industry, this episode will equip you with the tools to bridge the gap between vision and reality.


  • 00:01:53Dr. Cooper’s Inspirational Journey
  • 00:10:07 The Power of Vision: Importance of having a vision for your career and life
  • 00:14:13Understanding Vision Statements and Their Significance 
  • 00:17:48From Vision to Goals: translating a vision into SMART goals 
  • 00:23:26Adapting Your Vision and  Setting Goals 
  • 00:27:19Turning Goals into Actions – Applying the “One Next Thing” theory
  • 00:28:28Conclusion 
Dr. Kelly Cooper

Pet Vet & People Builder | Speaker | Writer

Dr. Kelly Cooper is a seasoned veterinarian, renowned consultant, and esteemed leader in the veterinary industry. With a wealth of experience spanning over two decades, she has made significant contributions to veterinary practice management, leadership development, and patient care. As the founder of Reality Vet and Kelly Cooper Consulting, Dr. Cooper has dedicated herself to sharing her insights and expertise with fellow veterinarians and practice owners. Her journey began with humble beginnings as a new practice owner, grappling with the challenges of leadership and management. However, through perseverance and a commitment to growth, she transformed her practice into a thriving establishment, experiencing exponential growth and earning the trust of a loyal clientele.

Dr. Cooper’s professional journey took her to Banfield Pet Hospital, where she served in various leadership roles, including Vice President. During her tenure, she played a pivotal role in shaping hospital operations, implementing quality and safety programs, and spearheading initiatives in telehealth and veterinary technician utilization. Her outstanding contributions were recognized with numerous awards and accolades, including Medical Director of the Year and Mars Make the Difference regional and global finalist honors.

Despite her success in the corporate arena, Dr. Cooper felt a calling to return to her roots in small animal practice. In 2022, she founded Reality Vet Coaching & Consulting, combining her wealth of corporate experience with a hands-on approach to veterinary care. By immersing herself back into the daily routines of practice life, Dr. Cooper stays attuned to the evolving needs and challenges faced by today’s veterinary professionals.Beyond her professional endeavors, Dr. Cooper remains deeply engaged in the veterinary community. She serves on the Council on Veterinary Services for the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and has held leadership positions in organizations such as the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Cooper’s commitment to excellence extends beyond the veterinary realm. She leads an active lifestyle, enjoying activities such as weightlifting, swimming, and walking for fitness. Her interests also include gardening, travel, and scuba diving, reflecting her adventurous spirit and zest for life.Through her journey of growth and discovery, Dr. Kelly Cooper has emerged as a beacon of leadership and mentorship in the veterinary profession. With a passion for empowering others and a wealth of knowledge to share, she stands ready to guide fellow veterinary professionals on their own leadership journeys.

Connect with Dr. Cooper 

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/drkellycooper 
Company Website: www.realityvet.com