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Vet Care Today: What's Been Your Experience?
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The Rainbow Bridge

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3 December 2022 - 12:34 pm
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SO well said, thank you! It's very true...we expect compassion for our pets but where is that compassion for the staff who works so hard day in and day out to provide excellent service?

Chocolates DO go a long way to show appreciation. What a great idea!

And I hope that grump who said she was going to the cheaper clinic did go there. Who needs that kind of attitude?!

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4 December 2022 - 7:22 pm
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Wow, it makes me so sad to read about staff being verbally and physically abused. That is just awful. I have had delayed appointments with my primary vet here in MD. We used to be able to call and be seen within that same week; now they are scheduling 2-3months out. In Oct I noticed our Aussie, Arya, would toe touch with her R hind when standing. I called my vet and they said they could not see her until December due to staffing shortages. Luckily we were able to see a vet at another clinic the first weekend of Nov and then saw a specialist last week who informed us Arya has bone cancer. Her amputation was scheduled for 12/7 but unfortunately they had a few staff members come down with covid so they had to reschedule the surgery for 12/13. They simply do not have enough staff to operate normally if someone gets sick. Yes - I was frustrated - but I stayed calm and polite as I know it's hard for them and it is not their fault in any way and I wish more people would understand that. 

We will be moving to San Diego in 2 months and I am starting to think I should find and book an appointment with an oncologist there now as we'd like to do chemo for Arya if it is still an option after her leg gets sent off for pathology. I had thought maybe these staffing issues at vet clinics was just in our area as we live in a rural area but am now seeing from here that it is a nationwide problem.

As a nurse, I know how hard it is to work in short staffed conditions. And I find it very interesting that the vet world is experiencing something very similar to what nurses and other hospital staff are facing. I left bedside nursing a year before the pandemic due to burnout and many of my fellow nurses that stayed, quickly left during the pandemic due to extreme stress and burnout. Many people were unkind to them when all they were doing was their best for their patients. My heart and gratitude goes out to all of the vets, vet techs, receptionists that are going through these tough times - I hope things get better soon.

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5 December 2022 - 9:29 am
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jerry said
Chris I'm so excited you are training for the field! You are the perfect person to be in vet care. I'm thankful that good people like you still want to be in the field. I don't know where we would be without you.


Hehe, It's been about 4 1/2 years now. I am usually in the back being a vet assistant. I love it and can't imagine doing anything else. I decided to go back to school and get my vet tech degree but a lot of life has gotten in the way. I ended up taking a medical leave. I probably won't go back to school until I move. Oh yeah, during this time I fell deeply and love and am moving in with my partner in February. So, if anyone knows any good vet clinics in Missouri let me know. The good ones are usually good to work at too.

And a couple of the posts reminded me. I should mention there are also amazing clients. One client, at the peak of the pandemic, kept us fed with coffee and donuts. She must of spent so much money. I had a client bring me, specifically, a key chain back from her trip to disney world because she knows I like marvel movies. I mean, how sweet is that?

The Rainbow Bridge

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5 December 2022 - 4:08 pm
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Jenny you are so right, the vetmed world and human med world are experiencing the exact same kind of thing. So yeah as a nurse you get it. Burnout, shortages, and customers with short fuses. Everything turned upside down with Covid. I hope we can all find our way back to a more peaceful, healthy system and staffing quality of life in both types of medicine. Take care of yourself in the meantime!

Chris, you definitely found your calling. I'm so glad you are pursuing it. How exciting you'll be in Missouri! What city?

I'm glad you brought up having some amazing clients in your work. They sound like such great people! We can't let the bad apples and angry people steal the spotlight and our energy. There are definitely some really good people out there. Thanks for the reminder.

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