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THE REAL VALUE IN VETERINARY MEDICINE
Who does your veterinarian work for? You and the animals he treats, or the veterinary business mantra? Inside-out veterinary practice exposed.
April 3, 2018 | TheDogPress.com
Barbara J. Andrews, Editor-In-Chief,
James, PhD occasionally provides under-the-radar news. Always thought-provoking,
he’s done it again and while these snippets are about human medicine, we
recognize the implications to veterinary medicine, particularly when applied to
new puppy owners instead of new mothers.
"…the field of pediatrics has
been booming... offer(s) high career satisfaction and inducements such as …
annual visits for vaccines and "checkups" ensure a steady stream of repeat
customers and revenue… with "vaccination a foundational bread-and-butter
component of pediatricians’ job description." ~
We were amazed to learn "For
vaccination, providers receive $400 for each eligible two-year-old who has
received all 24-25 vaccines” and one has to wonder if a similar “rewards”
program exists in veterinary practices?
It would make sense because
the scenario is the same. Loving parent or pet owner who knows little about
pediatrics or veterinary medicine, but wants to “do the best for..” baby or new
puppy. Opening our eyes to human health care "practices" makes dog owners wonder
if that’s why some veterinarians insist on vaccine compliance? Dog breeders say
many veterinary practices don’t want knowledgeable dog owners.
Instead of a traditional
“breeder discount” many breeders report they pay more than their pet owners who
use the same veterinary practice!
breeders in rural areas with limited access to veterinary practices may be
forced into over-vaccination protocols or accepting veterinary medicines which
they know are over-priced and probably not as effective as herbal or homeopathic
remedies at half the cost! But you dare not refuse if you want to keep your
veterinarian. Doctors "have a legal duty to fully inform patients” who ask about
potential medication risks and in many states, the same applies to
veterinarians. They also have a duty of care to animal owners.
So why don’t vets explain the
possible side effects of veterinary prescriptions? Is it possible they have a
purchase and/or dispensing quota to meet?
Whether it is the monetary
rewards many physicians count on, avoidance of censure, or missing out on
pharmaceutical company perks such as paid vacations, dog owners need to be-aware
of the value (and risk) in today’s veterinary medicines and the modernized,
monetized veterinary practice.
New puppy owners have a big
target on their backs and it looks like a dollar sign.
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