This is an interesting topic raised by a recent commenter who expressed some annoyance at my preoccupation with issues surrounding the money side of vet medicine. It’s not a charge that hasn’t been leveled against me before—nor have previous comments always been as diplomatic as this last one.
However it’s delivered, it’s clear that many of you are concerned with why Dolittler dwells on the dollars.
After processing this latest expression of concern over my mental health on the subject of the economics of veterinary practice, I realized that many of you may not have been exposed to a concept the veterinarians and veterinary technicians on Dolittler understand well:
Veterinary medicine is fraught with the consideration of financial issues at all levels. In small animal practice, almost never do we have the luxury to assume that our clients can afford the right care for their pets.
Just as in human medicine, the divide between the haves and have-nots is a cavernous one. The extremes on the low-end can be similarly appalling, with veterinary medicine’s sole benefit the ability to euthanize our patients—a cold comfort, that one.
Imagine having to discuss finances with clients fifteen times a day—when your primary concern is complicated enough by the art and science of healing your patients.
With this in mind, is it any wonder a personal, pet health blog like Dolittler is preoccupied with the ethical, moral and stress-related considerations afforded by money matters in animal medicine?
I could never claim to offer you a glimpse into the “real world of veterinary medicine” if it wasn’t.
Your thoughts? (I welcome them all, as always.)