Editorial 12: Veterinary colleges
If we compare the roles of the veterinary colleges in different countries and geographical areas and the roles from the origins and the current times, we will be surprised for its dichotomy.
In their origins the majority of the veterinary colleges had the function to serve the vets. We talk about a time, beginning of the 20th Century, were communication, post degree trainings and assistance, between the members of the same profession, made necessary the birth of an organism that allowed the access to the elaboration of protocols for common work, the creation of economic founds for the assistance for widows and orphans and even tasks delegation as contract supervision.
Nowadays there is almost nothing from this situation and with the lost of each one of these roles, the veterinary colleges, have lost their original functions to the point that they are about to disappear. However, following the usual pattern of collective organism, they tend to perpetuate, as it is happening with the veterinary colleges. For this reason, they have adopted new roles, some needed for the professionals, and others to help their perpetuation. The future of veterinary colleges will depend on the balance of both .
If the functions for helping the vets prevail, the colleges will live a new splendorous age, while if perpetuation roles prevail, becoming veterinary colleges just a transmission step in the chain of the public administration decisions, colleges will be seen more and more as hostile organisms towards their collegiates.
From Veterinaria Digital we encourage the Veterinary Colleges to follow the way of services to the associates, to promote the free licensing, to make the colleges the home of all vets without distinction of their specialities or their official or private job, without personal use of the Directive Boards.
From Veterinaria Digital, we offer to the Veterinary Colleges this communication platform to expose the society the importance of the functions of the profession allowing the raise of veterinary vocations, so this is what it is, a vocational profession.
Finally, from Veterinaria Digital we thank all the vets who collaborate in a disinterested way with the colleges, for their work as seniors or specialised comities.