About the middle of the last century, shortly after the second consecutive
war that was designed to prevent all future wars, the brain trusts of the universities
of our land decided to add a hefty scoop of veterinary colleges to their intellectual
I suppose, looking through my retrospectoscope, that there was never a time
in our profession, when medical expertise alone, made less of an impact, and
communication skills made more of a difference between economic success and
just barely surviving in practice.
Recently I interviewed a man for a job as manager of one of the Agway
T.S.P.F.TM Heifer Farms. This position involves overseeing the care of 3,500
animals, supervising a staff of 13 people, adhering to a budget, and interacting
with customers and potential customers.