I am in no way lumping them all together, I know that 99% are intelligent and are educated, but the one I spoke with the other day sounded like she had rehearsed her speech from cue cards. Plus, she did not EVER hear of a Penn-Hip test. I knew that I should just leave and I did.
Has anyone ever had problems with unknowledgable staff at the vets office?
Yep, I over heard one telling people that if they did not have vaccination records there was no way to tell what the dog had in the way of protection. After they left I explained titers testing to her. Then a few weeks later I over heard her telling a client they could do titers tests. So at least some can be taught. LOL
He's your friend,your partner,your defender your dog.You are his life,his love,his leader. He will be yours faithful and true to the last beat of his heart.You owe it to him to worthy of such devotion
Always remember Vets, just like human doctors, are licensed to practise... so that is what they are doing. Practising... Don't think of them like God, or a person with all the answers.. If something is bothing you and/or your doggie..get a second opinion.. or go on line... More education/information available. My daughter has RSD.. and alot of doctors don't understand or even know what it is... If it doesn't show up in an exray or mri... then they say..you faking it.. your hand is just hot to the touch.. red and white poka dots..and curled up.. just because. So I've learned...even with a vet.. question it and research it...
We are very fortunate I guess because I think alot of my vet and the techs there are very good too. If I have a question I sometimes just call and talk to one of them instead of bothering the vet. They have always called and checked on mine when they were sick or had any surgeries or anything done. They also seem very caring which goes along way with me. When we had to put Max down everyone was very caring and sympathatic. I really appreciated everything they did.
I, by no means, think of any doctor as a god. Unfortunately, the experience I had last Thursday proved that this vet tech & the vet thought of themselves that way. I was told that they are educated, went to school, got a certificate (vet tech) and a license (vet) and basically if I wasn't going to listen to them then it wouldn't be a good fit.
I am the kind of person that does ask alot of questions but I also feel that I can offer some knowledge about the particular breed I have and I expect to be heard also. I am in no way an expert but if the person I am talking to keeps throwing education, degrees and schooling in my face I have to question their willingness to learn. She didn't even know what a Penn-Hip was.
No one no matter how highly educated they are knows everything there is to know.
i learn something new weekly at work. i don't know it all now and never will. i really wouldn't be so harsh tho' when it comes to a tech not knowing about penn hip xrays. not every office can do the penn hip xrays. the vet has to be specially taught and licensed to do them, so you can't just walk into any vets office and request that it be done that way.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Scout, my old vet didn't know what an OFA x-ray was. I said you would just x-ray the hips and OFA did the rest, and he looked at me like I had 5 heads. Same vet that seemed to know it all about nutrition too. Riiight.