Michelle Harcha, DVM, M.A.


Inspired to become a veterinarian by her grandfather, Dr. Harcha received her bachelor’s and DVM degrees from The Ohio State University, after which she spent more than 10 years in Cincinnati as an emergency, relief, and small animal veterinarian. Wanting to better understand the business side of veterinary medicine, she completed a Master of Arts in business management at Antioch University McGregor in 2001. Her career took her to Hill’s Pet Nutrition, where she held a variety of positions over 12 years that included working with veterinarians, technicians, staff, faculty, and students in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. In 2007, she returned to her alma mater and became the director of alumni services and professional development education. Developing curriculum to help students acquire leadership and communication skills helped her to see the next phase of her career, and in 2017, she formed LeadYourShip, LLC, which provides veterinary practices with training in leadership, emotional intelligence, and communication skills. An OVMA member since 1985, Dr. Harcha currently serves on the Board of Directors as Secretary and sits on the Animal Abuse Recognition & Reporting Task Force. A cancer survivor, she is a strong advocate for Pelotonia, the Stefanie Spielman Fund, The James at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, and the Komen Race for the Cure. She resides in Grove City, Ohio, with her yellow lab, Colby.