Thursday, January 24, 2008

Play Catch Up or Scan the Horizon?

So often it seems that, in the animal care professions, we operate as responders rather than pro-actors. We run breathlessly trying to keep up, and when we finally do, that race is already over and there’s a new one in progress. Whether it’s finally getting new cage runs that in truth only bring you up to standards and technology from 10 years ago (in a building that is old and poorly located); implementing new veterinary care services years after pet ownership trends saw the need coming; or struggling to find funding for a program that you started to plan in the 1990’s, it seems that this approach is getting us no where real fast.

I’m not suggesting that we live in the future instead of the present; surely we need to address today’s challenges. But let’s strive for quicker problem solving and implementation so we have time, resources and energy left over to prepare for what’s to come. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be way ahead of the pack instead of lagging behind.

Liz Clancy

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