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    Quote Originally Posted by TwiceBlessed View Post
    Without arguing with those posters who have had a bad experience with a vet in the past.
    But before jumping on the vet bashing train, perhaps people might give some thought to what might be involved in running a veterinary practice, and where that $60 consult fee might go to rather than just assuming that it lines the pocket of the vet themselves: Rent, electricity, (wages for vets, nurses, receptionists, admin staff etc), continuing education for all staff so that they can do their absolute best for your pet, insurance, cost of stock (medications, consumables, prescription food etc) that they keep on hand so that it is there when your pet has a health crisis, not a week or two later when its too late to matter. Add on to this the cost of diagnostic equipment - pets don't get to go down to the local imaging branch for an xray in the middle of the night - your vet likely has had to pay outright or be paying off equipment that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars so that they can do the best for your pet. An example would be digital radiography for the hips that was indicated on the OP. In this case not an emergency, but how about when your dog has been hit by a car and your vet spends hours on the phone after emailing the xrays to specialists overseas in order to save his life.
    Vets don't get the luxury of the patient telling them what hurts or how they feel, the vet has to use diagnositics (lab tests, radiographs, ultrasound) to help them to find out the problem. They shouldn't be punished for charging for the time and equipment necessary to facilitate this - or would you prefer that they charge less and just guess what the problem is. Many of us here have needed IVF in our baby journeys - how about we just skip a few scans and blood tests and see how that progesterone goes to save a few bucks? - except at least medicare helps humans out a bit with the costs.
    As a previous poster noted, solicitors account for every 15 minutes of the day and charge you for every photocopy, but vets and their support staff are made to feel awful by legitimately putting a fair value on the time and experience of all their staff within the team. Its no wonder lots of wonderful vet staff leave the profession for jobs where they can feel more valued and remove the pressure from these sort of generalised comments and bashing from people who have little thought about the turning of the wheels to keep veterinary practice doors open and providing the best care they can. The people who are so quick to judge all vets negatively also might like to google about the suicide rate within the veterinary profession.
    That's my rant, I have spent the day thinking about this thread, and decided I couldn't sleep tonight without posting my thoughts. I'll now sleep a little better, and calm in the knowledge that if I have an emergency with my dogs or horses in the wee hours, help is but a phone call away from my vet who is ever ready 24/7.
    Beautifully said. And nice to know how much some people appreciate their veterinary services.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwiceBlessed View Post
    Without arguing with those posters who have had a bad experience with a vet in the past.
    But before jumping on the vet bashing train, perhaps people might give some thought to what might be involved in running a veterinary practice, and where that $60 consult fee might go to rather than just assuming that it lines the pocket of the vet themselves: Rent, electricity, (wages for vets, nurses, receptionists, admin staff etc), continuing education for all staff so that they can do their absolute best for your pet, insurance, cost of stock (medications, consumables, prescription food etc) that they keep on hand so that it is there when your pet has a health crisis, not a week or two later when its too late to matter. Add on to this the cost of diagnostic equipment - pets don't get to go down to the local imaging branch for an xray in the middle of the night - your vet likely has had to pay outright or be paying off equipment that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars so that they can do the best for your pet. An example would be digital radiography for the hips that was indicated on the OP. In this case not an emergency, but how about when your dog has been hit by a car and your vet spends hours on the phone after emailing the xrays to specialists overseas in order to save his life.
    Vets don't get the luxury of the patient telling them what hurts or how they feel, the vet has to use diagnositics (lab tests, radiographs, ultrasound) to help them to find out the problem. They shouldn't be punished for charging for the time and equipment necessary to facilitate this - or would you prefer that they charge less and just guess what the problem is. Many of us here have needed IVF in our baby journeys - how about we just skip a few scans and blood tests and see how that progesterone goes to save a few bucks? - except at least medicare helps humans out a bit with the costs.
    As a previous poster noted, solicitors account for every 15 minutes of the day and charge you for every photocopy, but vets and their support staff are made to feel awful by legitimately putting a fair value on the time and experience of all their staff within the team. Its no wonder lots of wonderful vet staff leave the profession for jobs where they can feel more valued and remove the pressure from these sort of generalised comments and bashing from people who have little thought about the turning of the wheels to keep veterinary practice doors open and providing the best care they can. The people who are so quick to judge all vets negatively also might like to google about the suicide rate within the veterinary profession.
    That's my rant, I have spent the day thinking about this thread, and decided I couldn't sleep tonight without posting my thoughts. I'll now sleep a little better, and calm in the knowledge that if I have an emergency with my dogs or horses in the wee hours, help is but a phone call away from my vet who is ever ready 24/7.
    Thank you. I feel much more appreciated for the profession I am very passionate about by this post. It's a shame we have to defend our fees so often (the industry as whole needs a overhaul but while it's individual business trying to provide their best and keep their heads above water that's a whole other discussion).

    I can't even think of many other professions that require an individual business outlaying a huge amount of money for equipment and high staff requirements plus the compassion that goes with reducing suffering that then gets questioned for every fee that needs to be on-charged.

    My clinic charges appropriately for our services, we would have charged the consult for the ears scenario and would have felt that we were able to provide the client with gold-standard service because of it.

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    Please don't think this is a vet bashing post. I'm only bashing this particular vet because I've been stung by him in the past and will be going back to my previous one.


 

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