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To expect a competent vet to treat my pet?

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Lincspod Sun 04-Jan-15 10:20:10

Took much loved pet to vet 3 times over Christmas period. Saw newly qualified vet on each occasion who was very dismissive of my concerns, and this was despite asking for senior vet consult. Eventually went to new practice who immediately diagnosed what I knew to be the issue. Too late for beloved pet who had to be PTS.

AIBU to expect more care than my pet was given or for recently qualified vets to be more closely supervised?

Has anyone else experienced this and AIBU to think that the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons should have guidelines re supervision of recently qualified vets?

hedwig2001 Sun 04-Jan-15 11:13:48

I'm so sorry for your loss.
I think I would put in a formal complaint. At the very least the vet might learn from their error, which would help future pets.

Lincspod Sun 04-Jan-15 11:20:28

Thanks hedwig.

Lonecatwithkitten Sun 04-Jan-15 11:28:17

RCVS have a professional development phase (PDP) for all newly qualified vets including a supervisor in practice and an RCVS tutor. If you feel the individual practice acted incorrectly complain to the practice and the RCVS. The RCVS will perform a preliminary investigation if this shows fails it will progress to disciplinary action.

WowWowSauce Sun 04-Jan-15 11:28:37

I would too. Firstly with the practice and then speak to the RCVS if you don't get anywhere with the practice.

I'm sorry about your pet.

kittycatz Sun 04-Jan-15 11:28:53

Are you saying the pet had to be PTS because the newly qualified vet did not diagnose the problem and the pet could have been saved if they had done? You would be fully justified in making a formal complaint.
I'm sorry for your loss - it must be very difficult for you.

My cats had to go to a newly qualified vet to have microchips inserted. It was a nightmare. She was completely incapable of doing it - the cats were running around and going absolutely berserk. I know they aren't the easiest cats in the world to treat but still.... She had to call a senior vet and 2 vet nurses to help - but at least the support was there for her. New vets should be supervised at the beginning - I'm sure they must have a mentor they can call on if they aren't sure.

midori1999 Sun 04-Jan-15 11:32:14

I am sorry about the loss of your pet.

I don't think it would be unreasonable to make a complaint about any vet you think should have taken your concerns more seriously, whether they are newly qualified or not.

Also, some animals need specialist vets, this includes rabbits and other small animals surprisingly.

TidyDancer Sun 04-Jan-15 11:33:34

I am very sorry for your loss. And yes, I would be considering putting in a formal complaint in those circumstances.

Lincspod Mon 05-Jan-15 16:52:15

Thank you all for your words of comfort and support.

Cantbelievethisishappening Mon 05-Jan-15 16:56:31

Oh wow..... I would be fucking furious. Definitely make a complaint and do not let them fob you off. Make sure you get to meet with the vet and the practice manager. That is absolutely shit. Poor you flowers

MinceSpy Mon 05-Jan-15 17:22:57

Lincspod I'm so sorry for your loss. Sadly vets like doctors don't always get it right. I took my beloved pet to our vet several times convinced she was seriously ill, the vet who had treated her for years thought it was just a minor problem. A couple of weeks later she was seriously ill and vet had to PTS my lovely pet. He was in tears and beside himself, I couldn't be angry with him. If you think the vet was incompetent then complain.

Notmeagain1 Mon 05-Jan-15 17:26:30

So sorry for your loss.flowers

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