Animal use for scientific advancements is a controversial subject. Many people are against animal testing but still reap the benefits of these medical advancements every day, which makes for a long winded ethical discussion. There will always be debate over those frog dissections in high school and animal testing for cosmetics. As a veterinarian whose main goal is to save animal lives it can be an emotional challenge to hurt one animal even though the justification is that you will be able to help other animals in the future.
Communication, Compassion and Compliance
We have all heard that the majority of lawsuits in the medical industry occur due to lack of understanding between the doctor and the patient. Often it occurs due to lack of empathy for the client and the perception that the doctor doesn’t care about the patient or situation which occurred. Open, honest, and thorough communication between a veterinarian and a pet owner is crucial. Through good client communication, the owner will gain trust in your care and ability to treat their pet and will be more compliant.