As I sit to write this letter, I have to admit that I am compelled to ask us all to fight for the integrity of our profession. As many of you have recently witnessed on the news and in social media a Texas veterinarian was fired after posting a photo on her Facebook page of a dead cat with an arrow through its skull, titling it “My First Bow Kill” (the full story and updates can be found at http://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/Vet-Fired-After-Bragging-of-Killing-Cat/). In doing so, she has single-handedly damaged all of our reputations with the public. While any criminal investigation is still ongoing, the damage is nonetheless already done.
Our reputations are constantly under scrutiny, and this is a prime example of how a careless act can make it all go so horribly wrong. I praise and thank our wonderful spouses, friends and loyal clients who have rallied to our defense, quick to ask the world not to condemn us all (or the clinic where she was employed). We may never know how many people were on the fence (from a perceived bad experience) and, after hearing about this incident, decided the worst was true of our profession. How much has this really cost us, and what is the best course of action for the profession moving forward?
Looking Back, Moving Forward:
K-State Dean to Take on New Role
By: Jen Nigro
After 17 years, the longtime dean of Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is preparing to transition to a faculty role. At the end of July he will hand over the reins to the college’s newly named dean, Tammy Beckham.
Dr. Richardson, a 1970 graduate of K-State’s CVM, became the college’s 11th dean in 1998. He says returning to the school was like coming home...
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