Becoming indispensable by using "Systems Thinking" to tackle challenging and complex problems in practice
Keywords:bovine, Systems Thinking, System Dynamics
Many veterinary practitioners and consultants play critical and indispensable roles in the management and decision-making processes of large, complex production structures. The discipline of Systems Thinking offers an opportunity and methodology to understand the interrelated forces that impact complex systems overtime in ways that help to identify innovative and high-leverage solutions. Systems Thinking is a dynamic tool that has long been used by business management entities to gain insight into effective and sustainable management strategies. This paper provides an introduction to the language and methodologies of Systems Thinking and how it can be applied to the veterinary profession in a way that allows us to understand and impact the challenging and complex problems inherent to livestock production.