What is the most difficult situation you’ve been faced with since you got in veterinary medicine? How did you handle it?
Some of the things he did included punching a Rottweiler in the face for trying to bite him; stabbing a cat who had escaped from a cage numerous times with a broom (it was under a big cart of cages); and one of the worst: if I worked on Wednesdays, I had to remember to empty the freezer full of dead dogs & cats into the dumpster because the dumpster guys came early Thursday morning. These were peoples' precious pets the vet had promised to "respectfully take care of" for them. Needless to say, by the time I left, I had less than zero respect for that vet.
Something to consider if you think you might end up working in a clinic with multiple vets...
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I'm not a Vet, but I interned at a Vet Clinic and here are some of the difficult things I witnesses:
- people asking for their animal be euthanized because they can't afford surgery
- people abandoning their animals at the vet clinic because they can't pay their bill
I guess everything that I consider to be difficult situations all concern money and a pet owners inability to pay for the needed treatment. Of course it's always hard to sit by a pet owner and watch them cry and their beloved pet is being euthanized.
Another hard part is resisting the desire to take every stray and abandoned animal that comes into the clinic, home with you.