In context of being a veterinarian, I view my role as a doctor as an extension of this stewardship. Although my training has
led me to "specialize" in disorders of the urinary system, I am not a "body-system racist." Rather, I strive to provide the
type of care for my patients that I would desire for myself. In addition, in my role as a university faculty member, I recognize
that veterinary teaching hospitals not only are expected to use contemporary knowledge, they have the obligation to create
and disseminate new knowledge about the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of various diseases. However, I am constantly
on guard not to let the intellectual stimulation associated with scientific investigation override concern for my patients.
In addition, I constantly remind myself not to let the desire for peer recognition or personal financial profit to compromise
their care and welfare. Despite our DVM, VMD, DMV, AHT, and PhD degrees, we are all members of a profession whose mission
fosters the well-being of others. Our mission is to serve, not to be served. Therefore, the true importance of what we do
should be measured in context of what it accomplishes in behalf of others, not just in light of what it does for us in terms
of prestige or personal income.
The opportunity to contribute to the welfare of animals and their human companions in my role as a veterinarian has been
a richly rewarding experience. In fact, I have learned that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.
Dr. Osborne, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVIM, a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, is professor of
medicine in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota.