Originally Posted by TheKillerrAnna
I'll try to start getting experience as soon as I start as an undergrad, that way if it's hard at first, I still have time.
One more question, though. (If anyone's still looking at this thread) What should you do if you end up shadowing a bad vet? As in, my aunt said that she had seen one vet that would demand money up front or he would euthanize your pet. I know it's not uncommon for vets to want the money immediately, but it seems quite extreme to choose euthanasia before treatment. She said her cat needed emergency medical care and she was out of town for two days, and rather than waiting two days for payment, he refused to take her cat unless it was to euthanize him. It just seems so wrong to me, and I really don't think I could stomach shadowing a vet like that.
If I ended up with someone unbearably bad, should I make up some excuse for why I have to stop shadowing? Should I say something to them about it? I'm sure that guy isn't the only bad vet out there, and I want to know what to do if I'm in that situation.
All I can say is keep an open mind. There's more than one side to every story, and money/financial worries are a HUGE part of vet med. Many times it does come down to euthanasia when an owner can't pay - it's part of the job, unfortunately. Nearly all clients will say that "Oh, I'll have the money, I promise," and ask for payment plans, but the truth of the matter is, its a scarily small percentage that actually follow through and pay up.
If you're hungry, do you expect the restaurant around the corner to give you a free meal? If you rip a pair of jeans, should the store give you a new pair, even if you can't pay?
Also rememember that vet med is a very small world- I'd be careful of telling vets that they are wrong/bad/mean/ you dont like the way they practice, etc, because you never know who they know, and how that could affect you in the future. Be professional, don't burn any bridges at this stage of the game!