Michelle is a 2001 graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College, and the founder and director of Community Veterinary Outreach. Dr. Lem has also practiced companion animal medicine and surgery in Ottawa and New Zealand, and taught in the Veterinary Technician and Assistant programs at Algonquin College. In 2009, she returned to OVC to pursue graduate research in epidemiology in the Department of Population Medicine, and obtained her MSc studying the effects of pet ownership on street-involved youth. Michelle is also an active member of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, as a member of the Animal Welfare Committee and a trained member of the Canadian Veterinary Reserve. Michelle was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2013.