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President's Message

Stereotypes

I used to think stereotypes were something I had to try and avoid applying to others. That is, until I finally figured out that I am a stereotype, too. I am a 57-year-old white Protestant male from a rural area.

We have to work through a lot of stereotypes in veterinary medicine to allow us to relate to each other and to our clients and their customers, the consumer. During my time in this great profession, it has become apparent to me that stereotypes rule our thinking. The purpose of this message is not to bust any particular stereotypes, but to get us to look at them from a different angle.

We have plenty of stereotypes to wrestle with, male vs. female, rural vs. urban background, generations, academic vs. industry vs. practitioner, different types of practitioners, politicians, lawyers, regulators, bureaucrats, consumers -- we could fill this page.

I have mentioned the Clifton Strengths before, and they serve to illustrate the diversity of all of us. The 34 Clifton Strengths break down into four basic domains. These are strategic thinking, executing, influencing and relationship building. The individual strength categories do a nice job of illustrating the unique characteristics we have. These include, more or less, aptitude for relating to others, communication skills, self-assurance, reliance on belief systems, command ability, strategic thinking, intellectual activity, drive to achieve, activating processes, drive for consensus, deliberative tendencies, organizational skills, ideation, competitive drive, need for routine and structure, analytical drive, responsibility, positive outlook, drive to win other people over, and focus.

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The American Association of Bovine Practitioners is an international association of veterinarians serving society as leaders in cattle health, welfare and productivity.

 

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