What this pet guardian wants vets everywhere to know…

What every vet needs to know

Recently there has been an “Every Time” post going around social media to try and raise awareness of the risk of suicide in vets and how owners contribute. Tonight though I found a pet guardian that had written a response that I just had to share for every vet everywhere so please share and help make sure your vet gets to see this.

Rachel Allen wrote…

This makes me quite sad. I love my vet. Our family have been with him for over 20 years and he has saved many of our pets lives.

Here is my response for my vet, and to vets everywhere.

For every self-centred, ignorant and demanding client there are many more of us who;

See you handle our beloved pets with the same love, tenderness and respect that we show them.

We notice you are never quick to push us out the door and that you have time to listen to our, possibly often, trivial concerns.

We notice, and are thankful, for how you take the time to explain our pets situation in terms we are understand without frightening us to much.

We notice you don’t drive a Mercedes or Lamborghini. We know that practice expenses are high. We imagine liability insurance to be a depressing figure. We know that your university fees are extraordinary and that you are working to pay them back.

We value your time when we call to ask for some quick advice, we try to limit such intrusions so you’re not inconvenienced. We really appreciate every second of your time.

We know that the cost of our vet bills are high, we know the prescriptions are high but, we also know that’s not your fault. Some of us are literally handing over our pay checks to pay for our beloved pets needs but we do so because we love our pets. We harbour no ill feelings towards you as they are our pets and their expenses are our responsibility. It is not your responsibility to pay for them.

We never forget that you have saved our pets lives. Sometimes many times. Sometimes we aren’t even aware of what you go through to save our pets but we love you for the fact that they are able to live another day.

We know that when the time comes you will be there to make sure our beloved pet does not suffer any more pain, that you will help them over that rainbow bridge. We know you will do your best to console us when this happens and we will wonder how much of our pain you will share in that day. We will hope that you know that we are forever grateful.

For every client that brings you grief, please know there are far more of us whose lives you have changed for the better. Every time you fix our beloved pets, every day extra that we get to spend with our pets, because of you, are days that we treasure.

You allow us more joy than you may ever know. For that, for everything you do, we thank-you. ❤

The real osmosis education

Audience learning at vet festival

Many times I wish that I could just put a book under my pillow and it will be absorbed overnight as I sleep… I’ve tried (both under and on top) and unfortunately have never got this to work.

What I have found though is that there are some people that you can simply just be in the same room as and you will start absorbing knowledge and learning. These people just have something special – I have no clue whether it is the passion for teaching or something else however they just turn up and you start learning.

I’ve become better at recognising these people. They are the ones that I will look for when I go places to see practice or to conference. This weekend at the Vet Festival has been the same, sometimes I’ve not even bothered looking at the topic once I have seen the speakers name. It doesn’t matter what they are teaching, I will learn something useful because of the way they teach it.

This is something I think Noel has excelled at with the VET Festival as its not just about sitting in tents for a weekend, it is about how on Monday when you are back treating patients the care you can give has improved. Whether it is simply by using drugs in a different way, or just being confident enough to treat based on the clinical presentation instead of the diagnostic tests. It is understanding how to tell the difference between a problem in the eye and a problem in the brain. Or knowing where else to look when you get a tumour in a certain place.

The speakers at VET Festival all had this quality. When Clare overran and told people to leave if they had to not a single person moved. It is this that makes VET Festival truly special…

What No One Tells You About Being A Vet

Puppy vet exam

Being a veterinarian is among the most popular and idealised career choices there are. Almost everyone loves animals, and many people see helping them as one of, if not the most, worthwhile ways to spend your working life. While it’s certainly a noble vocation, there are a lot of things about being a vet that you generally don’t hear about. Here are just a handful…

People Make Up Just as Much of the Job as Animals

Vet ophthalmology exam
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Obviously as a vet, the purpose of your job and a lot of your time is going to be centred around animals. However, you’re going to be dealing with a lot of humans in this role as well. It’s the pet owners who ultimately have to choose between different courses of treatment depending on their budget, and the limit of what you can actually do. After that, there’s a lot of staff you’ll have to deal with on a regular basis, such as the receptionists, technicians, and the odd specialists from other clinics. By the time you’re learning how to start your own vet clinic, you’ll have to have as many people skills as any other kind of business owner. You may be a great scientist when it comes to the application of everything you learned at vet school, but if you want to make a career out of it, you need to be a people person at times.

Some Animals Will Be Hard to Handle

Vet behaviour MedicineYour average vet will work on cats on a daily basis, and maybe the odd dog, that’s very aggressive and does not like to be handled. Little dogs and cats aren’t exactly as intimidating as the exotic pets some people will own, as they’re fairly easy to control and sedate if necessary. Here and there though, you’ll have to handle an 100-pound dog who isn’t used to your scent, and may hate everything about the strange environment it’s found itself in. You’re going to have a tough job handling some pets, but it’s important to understand that by and large, these pets are acting out due to fear, rather than any kind of inherent aggression or behavioural issues. Vets need to be able to understand the animal’s perspective, and go out of their way to soothe their nerves.

Even if Your Hours Are Fine, It’s Exhausting!

Vets finish late nearly everydayThe vets out there who clock in at 9 in the morning and leave at 5 in the evening are a lucky minority. However, even the veterinarians with these kinds of hours have a very emotionally draining day to get through. More or less from the start of their day, you’re going to be seeing appointments, some of which might entail giving pet owners some very bad news. When you’re not in appointments, you’ll likely be fielding phone call after phone call, or chewing through a mountain of paperwork. It’s important to remember that each and every one of these pet owners will love their pet, and have different concerns, and you’ll need to stay engaged through every appointment.