What is your favorite film?
In general, I despise Hollywood. But I do like documentaries, such as Mondo Cane and Winged Migration, which is a masterpiece. I'm not a big fan of fiction. In fact, I refer to myself as a pathological realist. Real life is far more interesting than any work of fiction.
What favorite musicians or songs would you include on your personal jukebox?
I've never been into the current fad in popular music. I love classical music, authentic folk music from any culture, and
Western music. My wife and I attend a lot of cowboy poetry and music gatherings and are often amazed at the talent that is
out there in the boonies.
What do you consider the greatest threat to the profession?
Materialism, a growing national obsession that can destroy our culture.
Which animal health needs are currently unmet?
Animal behavior should be part of every veterinary college curriculum and on every state board examination. The major conventions
are finally paying attention to this critical aspect of our profession.
What is the greatest achievement of your career?
Starting a mom-and-pop country practice that became a 12-doctor group owned by four equal partners. In three decades of partnership,
we never had a disagreement. One partner, Dr. Bob Kind, is gone now, but the other two, Drs. Jim Peddie and Larry Dresher,
are my cherished friends.
What makes a good veterinarian?
A nurturing, empathetic personality; a strong work ethic; inviolate integrity; and an affinity for the natural sciences.