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Most vets who, as students, undertook holiday work, will doubtless have smiled wryly while watching Ricky Gervais' TV series, ‘The Office’. David Mills believes that, at some point, everyone has worked for a David Brent.
As vets, most of the time we are proud of our profession – the values, the work we do, and the intellectual rigour of veterinary medicine in all its guises. How many of us, though, take pride in ourselves as leaders, communicators or managers? How many of us are any good at leading, managing or communicating? In short, does David Brent apply to veterinary practice as much as to stationery supplies?
I think, sadly, he probably does, and more than we'd care to imagine. Although we are continually told, …