Been a busy one last week and this week is starting to look like the same. Nevertheless I’m back here to share yet another veterinary related post with the hopes of creating awareness.
Regardless of how experienced a veterinarian is, he/ she will never be able to say that they have seen / treated every condition in the world.
Medicine is ever changing- new insights on various conditions, availability of medications, advancement in technology, modification in treatment protocols, etcetera .
As a result, treatment techniques used in the past may no longer be deemed relevant for our current conditions.
For example, the use of Prednisolone (corticosteroid) in an animal that presents for Demodicosis (known as Demodex/ Demodectic mange) has fallen out of favour as we now know that this can further suppress an animal’s immune system and may result in worsening of clinical signs.
In fact, daily oral Ivermectin therapy (of which I was taught in school as the recommended treatment) may be ousted with the new release of safer medications such as Bravecto (where a single oral tablet is given every 1-3 months).
Please seek your local veterinarian to discuss what is most suitable for you pet.
What determines a good Veterinarian?
Good social / PR skills? Age? Years out in the field? University attended?
Probably a combination of the above. A good veterinarian in MY definition is one who committed to a lifetime of continuous learning. He or she must be willing to take aboard changes and new techniques. Being a clear and effective communicator will inspire confidence from your clients and also ensure that they understand their pet’s condition.
Age and experience do matter to a certain extent. But this does not mean that new graduates aren’t good veterinarians (in fact, the new grads are probably the ones who are most informed on the advancement in medicine!)
I personally would rather have a new graduate consulting on my own pet than an older vet who is not up to date with his medicine knowledge and skills.
In my books, one of the most important things a veterinarian needs to possess is self-awareness. The awareness of your own limits and knowledge. There is nothing embarrassing in seeking advice from your peers/ colleagues or even referring a complicated case to your local specialist.
I once knew a vet who asked his new graduates to attempt surgeries that were way beyond his own level (he had not received any training and had not even assisted in any of those procedures) for the mere sake of keeping the business in-house. That (from my knowledge) did not end well for some of the patients they experimented on.
The truth is that everyone has different set of expectations in what they determine as a good veterinarian. It may be the price of treatment that the clinic provides, or how friendly and how well the vet knows the client’s personal life, others may only request for vets that have a full head of grey.
Whatever your reason, I hope this article will get you thinking.