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It finally happened! Someone showed me a photo of their neutered male’s erection and asked why he still has balls if he’s been neutered

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My friend while using a doppler probe to listen to a bearded dragon’s heartbeat :

“I forgot reptiles had hearts and all that.”

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estimates are maddening because medical decisions are extremely dynamic and its nearly impossible to walk veterinary clients through the financial ramifications of what’s happening over the phone in real time. like, say that it costs $300 to have a culture run on a sample taken from a non-healing wound at an incision site from a dog’s cancer-removal surgery (to look for infection), and $300 to have a pathologist review a fine needle biopsy taken from a mass (to look for more cancer) and owner accepts the latter and declines the former, after a long discussion with the doctor. we poke the mass and it pops, and its immediately obvious on the microscope that it was just an unrelated benign cyst. so cancel that pathologist review, yay! we start the wound repair, and the site doesn’t even look infected, but once doc gets a local anesthetic in and can poke a little deeper we start finding mysterious tissue badness, way too complex to deal with without sending the dog back to his original surgical specialists, so we take samples of it and end up culturing that…for $300, because god was looking out for me on that day.

okay, so now imagine me on and off the phone over the course of an hour trying to communicate that because the client is not allowed in the building, and maybe the costs don’t work out so neatly and the client isn’t financially well-off, or maybe the animal’s condition is is less stable and we have to work faster and make decisions with less time to talk about it…

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Say hi to Bob 👋

20/10- Bob’s a rescue who had a nasty fall at the start of lockdown ( A cat??! Falling??! 🤷) and now is paraplegic. But he’s such a good boy even when I’m squeezing his bladder and guts out( He needs someone to help him go pee pee and poop because he can’t do it himself ❗) and giving him oral meds( which he needs to relax his bladder walls and to prevent any infection from urine being stored in there) Spent the last week petsitting this guy and I never knew cats could be this patient ❤️

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Who wants to play what my works entire Hosptial smelled like the other night!

Animal was listed as a STAT-foaming at the mouth, smells like burnt rubber, ADR.

Who ever wins gets a cute photo of one of my pets. Their choice of my pets.

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every 6 to 8 months I replace my work sneakers; wasteful and not hygenically ideal, but clogs are sent by the devil and I refuse to believe anyone actually finds them comfortable

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Working in veterinary can be tough. Contrary to popular opinion, we don’t get paid to play with puppies and kittens all day. We work in an industry known for being high stress and pressure and which continually places high in the leaderboards of professions prone to mental health problems and suicide risk. 

Today is World Mental Health Day, the perfect time to stand back and remind yourself and your colleagues that you are doing an amazing job, whether you are a vet, nurse, tech, VCA, student, receptionist, cleaner, *Insert any job title here*. You are brilliant at what you do and you deserve to be reminded of it more times than you probably are. And most importantly, no matter how much the latest Karen you’ve been confronted by will try to tell you, you are NOT a heartless money-grabber.

But if you need a bit of an extra boost, Vetlife are a brilliant bunch of people who support everyone in the industry, not just vets. Even if it’s just to get something of your chest, talk to them. Trust me, it helps. 

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for the first* time in over a year I was able to tell a client what a mass was just by looking at the photo they sent in instead of having to tell them to come in so we can check it out! my coworker had already given them the generic you-can’t-usually-tell-from-photos spiel, but I saw the photo over her shoulder, and it was a really excellent shot of a single canine papillomavirus tumor, in the mouth as is typical, and the dog was a patient I know; she’s young and tends to get every contagious thing going around her daycare. so I double checked with my doctor just to cover my ass and she was like “you usually can’t tell just by photos- (pulls up picture) well. that sure is a papilloma, huh.”

*not counting the time when it was obviously a tick

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From one of the best, Dr Dean Scott:

“How to Approach a Veterinarian

Much study has been done on the behaviors of veterinarians. However, many negative outcomes can be mitigated if people can successfully navigate the initial encounter. Fumbling this can lead to an ever-spiraling downward trend of negative reinforcement. People need to understand that many veterinarians they meet are rescues. They have been abused, endured poor living conditions and general neglect. Which is what makes it critical to approach properly when encountering this fragile, yet equally durable, species.

The first rule is: Never approach a veterinarian in the wild. They are easily spooked and will bolt. Even if you are familiar to them, they may not recognize you in a different setting which induces anxiety and causes them to shy away. Should you see them from afar, just continue about your business and act as if you have not seen them. If you should stumble upon them suddenly, simply smile and move away as naturally as possible. In either situation, the veterinarian’s instinctive avoidance response will kick in and you will in most instances not see them again.

Never approach a veterinarian where they nest. Doing so can trigger aggression as they are very territorial in a domestic setting. In extreme circumstances, encroachment on their habitat may prompt them to relocate to a safer environment.

One of the most common ways you may encounter a veterinarian spontaneously is in a social setting. Because of their biology, both physiological and behavioral, this is a rare event and needs to be treated delicately. Should you become aware of the presence of a veterinarian within a social group here are some of the steps you need to take depending on circumstances.

The best rule is to let them approach you first. Be aware that this may not happen and you should not feel disappointed if this occurs. However, if you feel compelled, as many do because they are such a captivating and fascinating species, first establish if the veterinarian has a handler, whether they be a significant other or family member. If so, ask permission from the handler to approach the veterinarian. Do not make eye contact. Do not make any abrupt moves. Speak in a calm and soothing manner. Do not invade their space unsolicited. Turn sideways as to make yourself less threatening. Do not get between them and the nearest exit. Offer treats such as coffee, chocolate, donuts, pizza, etc. if available. Be continually aware of their behavior and body-language so you can stop the interaction if they become restless or agitated. If they wander off mid-sentence, do not pursue them. If you follow these rules, you may be rewarded with more frequent and lengthier encounters. Or you may not. Be happy with the boon of time that you had.

One of the less obvious rules when seeing veterinarians in a social setting (which includes, but is not limited to social media, parties, bar mitzvahs, funerals, baby showers, traffic accidents, public bathrooms, etc.) is what subjects are safe to discuss. The simplest way to put this is: do not discuss anything about veterinary medicine or animals, no matter how tempted you may be. And if your only reason for approaching a veterinarian is to speak about such things, please see above rule regarding veterinarians in the wild. Ignoring the subject-rule will shorten your encounter with a veterinarian, in which you may witness anything from passive-aggressive behavior to full flight. A fleeing veterinarian can attain speeds of up to 16 mph for short distances. Definitely do not bring up other encounters you have had with members of the veterinary species. Veterinarians are both very protective and jealous of one another, so there is no safe avenue of discourse. And in case you didn’t know, a group of veterinarians is called a convention.

Many veterinarian-watchers will, of course, tell you the best place to view them is in their natural environment. They are very predictable in the hours and location in which they forage for a living. Many of the same rules apply as in the social setting, though there are a few more that will add to a positive encounter. Because the veterinarian is in a more controlled environ, they will be more vocal and prone to “display” behavior that you might not see elsewhere. It is best to nod at appropriate times and listen attentively. This will encourage the veterinarian and reward the viewer with a variety of spontaneous and delightful actions. Trained veterinarian-watchers will tell you there is much to be learned from veterinarians when encounters on their home-turf are handled properly.

We hope you find these observations useful and should you wish to add your own positive encounters, please feel free at #IJustSawAVetAndILikedIt”

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