Texas Tech University

Elizabeth "Betsy" Charles, DVM, MA

About Me

Dr. Charles grew up in the Pacific northwest and headed to California for an equine internship after graduation from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. After a year in an equine general practice, she shifted to performance horses, focusing solely on lameness and imaging. She fell in love with teaching during her residency training in diagnostic imaging and has spent much of the last 10 years doing just that. She loves all things equine, so in her rare time off, she is often found at the horse show.


Dr. Charles is passionate about teaching clinical reasoning as it applies to diagnostic imaging. She wants her students to know how to think about solving complex problems using effective strategies. So, no matter what they might see in an image, they can develop an effective treatment plan for their patients. She also loves equipping students and colleagues with the skills sets necessary to lead well in order to be the voice in society for animal health and welfare.


Dr. Charles values effective teaching strategies. Much of her research efforts are focused on making sure we are utilizing effective pedagogy when developing courses in the areas of diagnostic imaging as well as leadership development.


Dr. Charles is the former executive director of the Veterinary Leadership Institute and now serves as a board member. She has been actively involved in the American Association of Equine Practitioners since her graduation from veterinary school, having served on multiple committees and task forces including the membership engagement committee, the student programs committee, the leadership development committee and the DEI task force. She currently sits on the AAEP board of directors. She is also involved as an advisory board member for the Washington State University College of Education, the Appalachian State University Veterinary Technician Program, DVM360, and EXEN Adventures.