Enough about me. Our clients are facing greater and more difficult challenges that impact their financial viability. The only way to stay viable is to address the management issues head on that are holding back a larger pay check. To identify and address these issues, clients require knowledge, guidance, and support. How can we do more to help and better serve our clients? Let's start a University!
The practice created Mid-Maryland Dairy Veterinarians University, or MMDV-University for short. The University provides a unique forum to serve our clients. We get to use our skills and share knowledge in an open classroom. Plus, it forces me to get out of my comfort zone. I get to teach, practice public speaking, and serve my clients in the same forum. Who could ask for anything more? Truth be told, Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, was the inspiration behind MMDV-U. I love Dave Ramsey, agree with his financial principles, and admire his unabashed honesty and tough love mantra. Can we use the Dave Ramsey format?
The University is fairly ambitious, a 9-part class covering a little bit of everything.
- January: Cow Comfort
- February: Transition Cow Management
- March: Replacements
- April: Forage Quality and Feed Management
- May: Milk Quality
- September: Reproduction
- October: Risk Management
- November: Animal Husbandry Techniques and Animal Welfare
- December: Production, Culling, and Internal Herd Growth
As the saying goes, "Knowledge is Power." I hope that by the end of the year our students will implement changes that will significantly impact their profitability. At the same time, I get to enjoy a teaching gig and just maybe, public speaking and the art of persuasion will become second nature.