The values with which I work underpin all DVC’s business. I am sharing these values here as they help inform why Dairy Veterinary Consultancy exists and how I choose to work.
Creativity is the ingredient which makes my work at DVC exciting and unique. I bring imaginative solutions and tactics to herd health programmes and research projects. These include combining technology, psychology and veterinary knowledge. To engage an audience, successfully bring about change, or simply to make a technical note easy to read, I always try to maintain a sense of enjoyment and fun too.
These elements are all part of the creativity I look for in my work. I love it when customers tell me I don’t just meet their projects’ basic objectives but surpass them; I think it is creativity which helps me do this.
I really do get the people who work with cattle, including vets as well as farmers. When it comes to tricky situations, I have often been there; I know what it is like! Most of my friends are people who work with livestock, particular cows, and I understand what they do and the challenges they face. I see things from their perspective. Having respect and understanding means I can more easily communicate with farm vets and dairy farmers and tailor projects to their needs – which makes them more likely to work.
It should go without saying, my empathy for the cows, calves and youngstock which are at the very heart of our industry is solid too. I love cows. It is no coincidence that my work goal is to make the lives of cattle and the people who care for them better all round.
I include here evidence based medicine and advice, and impartiality. I strive always to operate without prejudice which means I can work with lots of different stakeholders and avoid conflicts of interest to achieve a greater goal. My outputs are well researched, rooted in science and down to earth. I like to be open: straight forwards to deal with and receptive to new ideas. I view problems from different perspectives and recognise when things can or should be done better. I do not blind with science. I want my work to be useful, not just a means to an end.
All of this encompasses my honesty.