Sadly, there are times when a vet will make a mistake. After all, vets are human beings. There may come a time when they make the wrong call, poorly manage a case, or overlook something important. These things, unfortunately, do happen. So, what can you do about it?
We must understand that, like all of us, even an experienced, professional, and well-respected vet can make a mistake.
The most common scenarios reported in practice are:
• A missed diagnosis or misdiagnosis
• Mistakes or miscommunication about medication
• Errors during treatment or surgery
Worst-case scenario, a lapse in judgement or oversight can lead to the death of an animal.
The truth is your vet is just as distraught as you are when something does go wrong. Most vets are compassionate people who care deeply for animals. That is why they do what they do. They have invested years in training and dedicate their lives to saving animals.
What can you do when something goes wrong?
Communication is key. Your first step should be to talk to your vet. Make an appointment and ask the vet to walk you through the treatment or procedure. Allow the person the opportunity to explain the situation for you to understand what might have gone wrong and how it was managed.
If you feel that the vet has been negligent, or at fault for what went wrong, you can report them to the SAVC.The full article is for subscribed members only. To view the full article please subscribe. It’s FREE!Log In Register