Asking The Right Questions
“Knowing the answers will help you in school. Knowing how to question will help you in life.” Warren Berger
Last month, in veterinary schools around the nation, the next generation of veterinarians recited the Veterinarian’s Oath and received
their doctorate degrees. I remember how excited I was, how proud my parents were, and how frightened I was at entering this profession and
fearing I did not know any of the answers to the questions that producers would ask me. But since that day 21years ago, I have learned that
asking questions is a great way to enhance my professional life as well as improve what happens on cattle operations.
A few weeks ago, I sat in Congressman Robert Gibbs’ (R-Ohio) office in Washington, D.C., as part of an AABP Executive Committee meeting
at the AVMA Government Relations Division office. One of the items I discussed with Gibbs was the administration’s funding for the Combating
Antibiotic Resistance Bacteria (CARB) initiative. For years, animal agriculture has been blamed by activist groups, consumers and
legislators for contributing to antimicrobial resistance development in human medicine. While we all question this assumption, we must
also question how we are using antibiotics on cattle operations on a day-to-day basis.