Veterinary medicine is a fulfilling field of work. Being a Veterinary Technician is one of the most amazing things I’ve done, and I love my job don’t get me wrong. BUT there are things that really, REALLY just pisses you off or make you say WHAT THE F**K!? I’ve compiled a list.
1. The He Doesn’t Bite Client/Patient
Everybody in veterinary medicine has come across that client that brings in little Tiffany the designer dog who was bred to be obedient, hypoallergenic, and lack the ability to bite. The visit will then have two phrases said. The first, “My little Tiffany doesn’t bite.” Then after two stitches and a million bloody 4×4’s later the client says “She’s never done that before!” Usually they are shocked that Tiffany was part Cujo, But usually they know their dog has a fear or aggression for strangers or people in Scrubs. WARN A PERSON WILL YA?
2. I Want My Services For Free
This particular client comes sprinkled in with your good, bad, and demonic clients. A client comes in, usually when your vet is at lunch or 2 minutes before your office closes, and they come with a laundry list of issues. First, the have never been there, the pet hasn’t seen a vet in 3 years, he makes aggression sound like cuddle time, he’s had an abscess for 2 weeks, symptoms of a UTI, and they aren’t spayed. To top it all off, they came with barely enough money to cover the exam fee. Mind you, some clinics have payment plans and/it accept care credit, but they don’t want that option. You are to take care of this pet for free out of the goodness of your heart. Why? Because you are in veterinary medicine. It’s not to be considered a business, and we are cruel when we can’t do anything for their pet.
3. So, I Googled (Insert Symptom Here)
Google is a miraculous search engine that has been making everyday life easier. UNLESS you work in veterinary medicine. We have clients that hear their pup or kitten sneeze once and they get on Google to find that their pet now has a Zoonotic parasite that causes various forms of cancer and will begin to bleed from their ears after the 7th sneeze. Oh and vaccines kill so they don’t want them. We as veterinary professionals have to work hard to rewrite the brain of the client who now wholeheartedly believes what they read via Google, and save their pet from its killer cold.
4. Owner Compliance, or Lack Thereof
Surgery, it’s really not cheap. Its not easy, and it is an invasive time consuming process that we take very seriously. Nothing is more irritating than when you educate the owner on the risks of improper post surgical care and they STILL don’t comply. Take a spay surgery on a cat or dog. The pet is left with an incision on their belly that the client is to protect by limiting movement and keeping the cone on the pets head AT ALL TIMES! So when the pet comes in with intestines hanging out and the owner has the “This is your fault” attitude we are already passed. But once we ask why and they say it’s because little Tiffany hates her cone, we go through the roof. Why, Why do you come to us just to not listen and gave to pay more money? Especially if you get mad about the price for repair surgery! Jesus…. veterinary medicine can raise your blood pressure.
That is just the tip of the iceberg, this list will be revisited. I’m getting to pissed to continue. That’s just my 2 cents on the matter.