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A "Day" in the Life of An Emergency Vet Is a Night Shift

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets, cats, vets, emergency )

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I work the emergency shift and am often asked what it's like. The short answer: It's not for everyone.

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Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 7:21 am
It's not for everyone is an understatement! It's not even for most veterinarians and vet techs. Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. It requires total objectivity, mental acuity, physical stamina, the ability to work efficiently under extreme stress and often overwhelming emotion ~ even if you've been on your feet for twelve hours without a break. It requires highly honed people skills in dealing with co-workers and panicked, grieving clients.
But for those of us who have chosen emergency medicine it's the most rewarding and satisfying job imaginable!

Cher C (1430)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 7:22 am

You cannot currently send a star to Barbara because you have done so within the last day

Thnx hun!


Suzanne L (98)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 9:13 am
Thank God there are vets and vet techs. who are willing to work these hours. Until a few years ago there were no emergency vet clinics in the cities I lived in, however, the regular vet would come out for emergencies. We are forever grateful to our regular vets and the emerg. teams here for their dedication.

Sonia M (60)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 9:18 am
Great article,thanks for sharing

. (0)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 10:03 am
Barbara you with your words made ​​me realize that you do not do only a manual work where intelligence is needed, but you are working in creating your own passion, a way of life for you.
This makes you very different from those veterinarians who consider their profession "just a job"
Every owner of an animal that will appeal to a vet is hoping to find a "Barbara"
Really beautiful article as the words of Barbara, green star to her
Noted - thank you dear Cher

Christeen A (370)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 11:05 am
Kudos to all who have chosen this field. Your care and compassion is often ignored and I would just like to say thank you.

Ruth C (87)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 12:02 pm
Its not for everyone, but a big thank you goes out to all that have chosen this field.

Elizabeth Pugliese (8)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 1:21 pm
Definitely not for everyone. Couldn't handle all that intestinal distress.

Robert K (31)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 1:26 pm
I have an African Grey parrot who flew into the wall at bedtime and fractured his beak. He was bleeding profusely and I had to get him to an emergency vet in Skokie, about 25 miles from here. I was shooting up the Kennedy Expressway in Cihcago at well over 100 MPH with my wife cuddling him to her chest trying to slow down the bleeding. The wonderful night vets saved his life and did such a masterful job on his beak that the next day my avian vet expressed his deepest regard for them.

Not many vets know what they're doing with birds, but I thank God that at least one of them chose to work in the emergency clinic! "Real " doctors only have to know the inner workings of two animals, man and woman. Vets have to be able to work on dozens and certainly deserve more respect for their work.

. (0)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 2:44 pm
To bring an animal into an all night clinic, you certainly pay for it, but,what can you do about it? You pay.

. (0)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 4:55 am
Allan, you say the right, of course if you have an emergency you have to pay and this is right.
The problem is if you find a Vet that plays only a job, or put your passion and love to answer the call for emergency of your pet.
To groped to make you understand better, the same thing happens in the hospital if the doctor who treats makes you so cold, detached and mechanical, do not think you'll be very satisfied and still the job done with passion is much better than that done only because it ends a day and it starts a new one.
Mine will be a dream but I want people who are concerned with the health of people or animals did not do this work just for the salary

Carol H (229)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 4:09 am
noted, thank you Cher

Sara P (57)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 11:29 am
Noted Cher, thank you.
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