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An Interview with Dr. Richard B. Ford

VETERINARY MEDICINE


Do you have a bad habit?

No, I have several. But the one that's most noteworthy is that I'm lazy. Whenever I step back and look at veterinary medicine today, I'm truly humbled by the remarkable accomplishments and contributions that my former students and other colleagues are making toward the advancement of veterinary medicine.

What has been the greatest achievement of your career?

This is not an easy question. In fact, there may not even be an answer. But if there were, it would center on having had the opportunity to represent veterinary medicine within the department of defense, as a brigadier general, working directly with the Air Force surgeon general, dealing with high-threat human health issues such as anthrax immunization and bioterrorism surveillance and response. If that wasn't my greatest achievement, the opportunity to work with the incredibly dedicated men and women in our armed forces was certainly my greatest reward.

What makes a good veterinarian?

A good person. As a veterinary faculty member who has taught for more than 25 years, I can say, with some authority, that this is a trait of our applicants, students, and graduates. Veterinary medicine is exceptionally fortunate to have an abundance of good veterinarians, and that's not as much a reflection on how well we teach veterinary students as it is an indication of the integrity and professionalism of the individuals who seek to become veterinarians.


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