As veterinarians and pet owners, we are fortunate to live in a time where the understanding of animal diseases and options for diagnosis and treatment are far more advanced than ever before. As a result, we also live in a time where the cost to provide the new gold-standard care is also higher.
Cynde Gardner, DVM, CH, is a veterinarian currently practicing as a Medical Hypnotherapist and Stress Reduction Specialist. She opened her current company, Bright Paths, after an accident left her unable to continue daily veterinary medical practice.
Would you still pick veterinary medicine as your career? Would you attend veterinarian school again? Do you have any Vet School regrets? To find out, in a June poll, we asked that question. With just over 100 responses so far, the results are discouraging.
The majority of respondents, 42%, said No, and 20% said they Didn’t Know. Only 38% said Yes, they would do it again.
As a DVM, the decision to treat a case yourself, or to refer it for outside care can be difficult. There are many factors that can influence the decision. So how do you decide?
Here are five tips to help veterinarians determine when to refer.