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Respect for Our Veterinary Staff

Libby needed to see our veterinarian this week for vaccines and a follow up blood test. We were quickly shown into an exam room and the vet tech took all of our information. He told us that the vet would be in shortly to see us. We were encouraged that maybe our visit would be quick! After waiting for at least 15 minutes, the tech came back in with bad news. Two emergency cases had come in and both vets on staff that day needed to attend to them. Would we mind waiting? Of course not!! We have been in the other position of needing to see our vet ASAP and greatly appreciated that they were able to see us immediately. We waited for almost an hour and Libby was an angel (we were a little nervous that she was going to pee on the floor but she didn’t!). The vet finally came in and was very apologetic. We assured her that we understood and there was no need to apologize. The relief on her face was genuine.

Sadly, vets and their staff are not always met with understanding and compassion. Quite frequently, they are criticized and met with hostility. As a result, the incidents of veterinarian suicide is quite high. Not One More Vet ( is an organization with a mission to transform the status of mental wellness within the profession so veterinary professionals can survive and thrive through education, resources, and support.

We encourage all pet parents and rescuers like us to show compassion to our veterinary professionals. Their jobs are not easy and they are essential for us. Sending a huge THANK YOU for all they do for us and our beloved pet


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