No matter what level of employment a worker labors at—whether the most menial of occupations or a position requiring the highest level of education, experience, and skills—there are almost certainly one or more professional organizations they are qualified to be a member of.
The origins of such organizations are lost in the mists of time, but certainly they owe much to the medieval guilds of stone masons, carpenters, and other artisans that were widespread in the Middle Ages. These early forms of professional organizations were created to safeguard the secrets of their disciplines from the uninitiated, thus helping to provide job security, protect the authority of the guild’s leaders, provide a resource for members facing hard times, and ensure that the quality of the work they produced met the highest standards.
The goals of professional organizations these days are essentially the same as in the past, with the exception of guarding esoteric trade secrets, although that’s not entirely unheard of. Foremost among the goals of most groups is the oversight and regulation of professional standards and practices, with the public interest in mind. This involves the study and documentation of accepted procedures and practices—and the censure of members who fail to adhere to these standards.
A secondary but no less important purpose of any organization is to provide a venue for members to communicate and network with each other, through conventions, meetings, and trade publications. Lastly, a professional organization strives to provide its members with resources for ongoing learning and career advancement.
Some of the benefits of becoming a member of a professional organization include, but are not limited to:
There’s a professional organization for just about every profession and occupation. The benefits that can be reaped are well worth a small investment in membership dues.
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Membership is open to individuals, organizations, or firms interested in research and application, instruction, or extension in animal science or associated with the production, processing, marketing, or distribution of livestock and livestock products.
The Animal Science Association of Nigeria works to improve the understanding of animal science and the ways it can help ensure food is produced ethically and economically.
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