John B. McCarthy, DVM, MBA, CAE
New graduates should disclose their ethical standards to prospective employers.
Years of study and knowledge amount to nothing if veterinary graduates fail in the communication department.
As a newly graduated veterinarian, you have amassed scientific and technical knowledge to diagnose and treat your patients in an exemplary manner. However, it will be fruitless if you are unable to communicate with others involved in your efforts. That means trying to find a common language, common experiences and common attitudes. The goal of effective communication is to truly connect with others, finding shared ground for discussion, problem-solving creativity and the transfer of information.
Hopefully you have accepted a position that recognizes the gap between education and practice.