Today was busy. We have received a lot of responses to our Economic Strategy initiative. Many were enthusiastic. Some were skeptical which I think is partly understandable given the monumental task. Some simply had questions. Thank you for giving us feedback and being part of the discussion. I spent much of today responding to questions and comments. The important first steps are:
- Understand the true sense of Urgency of this situation. Do you understand it? What are your specific economic concerns about our profession?
- Set up a Guiding Team that will monitor our progress and hold us accountable. We have an inital one.
- Develop the Vision and Strategy for better times. Our vision is simple, “Veterinary medicine is a personally and financially rewarding profession.” The strategy must be comprehensive. We are beginning to work on it.
- Communicate the Vision and Plan. We all need to be positive and get on board with this. This will take a concerted effort for a long time but we can change the course of this ship.
Veterinary medicine is important to everyone. It touches every person’s life on earth somehow directly or indirectly, whether they know it or not. Look at our Strategic Plan, especially the Economic Goal on page 7. Help us get started. Watch for further news.