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President's Message

Veterinarians in the Real America

Over the course of this week, I was reminded of the real America. The America which doesn’t require an app on your phone, a purchase, a post on Facebook or is presented on a fake reality TV show.

The week started with the AABP Recent Graduate Conference in St. Louis where I had the honor and opportunity to lead a listening session with a group of very energetic and engaging young veterinarians. What sticks with me is that the most popular phrase in a poll of the attendees to describe their professional success was client satisfaction. These veterinarians shared insights and concerns about issues such as business management, clinical expertise, gender bias and hope to stay in practices tied with agriculture. I left with an image of passionate and talented young professionals striving, and sometimes struggling, for professional fulfillment and a stable and nurturing environment for themselves and their families.

From this conference, Kathryn and I drove across Missouri to central Kansas where my father was in our local critical access hospital. Dad came to Larned, Kan. in 1964 directly from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and faced many of the same struggles as our colleagues in St. Louis. He brought my mother, brother, sister and me there to start a veterinary practice in which he worked until retiring in 2001 at the age of 69. I learned about being a veterinarian and navigating the world while peering up over exam tables and looking through the windshields of a long line of vet trucks. While I didn’t recognize it at the time, the lessons were really about family, service, commitment, ethics and integrity. I write this message on the evening of February 17, 2018, after Dad passed away this afternoon at the age of 85.

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