Castles of competence

Castles of competence
Peer reviewed
Elliott REW
New Zealand Veterinary Journal, Volume 29, Issue 5, pp 65-67, May 1981

Article class: General Article

Animal Type: General

Subject Terms: Veterinary profession

Publisher: Taylor and Francis


When we talk of a profession, we visualise a group of highly-skilled individuals, setting standards of competence for themselves, and demanding that those who want to join them must also meet and maintain those same standards. The traditional professions have had very little use for organisational or political skills. They consist of loose associations of individuals who share a common area of competence, but who are prepared to offer only tenuous loyalty to temporary leaders. They are bound by a common sense of owing service to society, but see this debt as better discharged by individual rather than group effort…

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