The Bridge Club aims to promote good communications among animal health professionals
The idea started informally. For animal health industry veteran Brenda Andresen, it was a way of connecting and meeting with the many talented women Andresen says she had been fortunate to meet and become friends with over the years in the veterinary industry. “Women who’ve earned professional respect, have achieved positions of authority and responsibility, and who place a high value on supportive and sincere relationships,” she says.
For about five years, an original group of 10 regularly gathered together over drinks and dinner at veterinary conferences. They discussed trends in the industry, challenges that kept them up at night, and personal as well as professional development. The time spent together was valuable for both professional and personal development. It was also something Andresen and her colleague Catherine Haskins thought the industry could use more of.
“Good communications is 93 percent nonverbal and seven percent verbal, but in today’s world of social platforms, apps and texting, good communications is quickly becoming extinct,” the duo stated for their industry initiative. To solve this growing challenge, in early 2018 at VMX, Andresen and Haskins launched The Bridge Club, the first video-based, professional community created to connect the industry’s best in just 25 minutes.