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svu geek
March 4th 07, 10:07 AM
Is it unusual that a veterinarian would send an animal to another
clinic for a surgery rather than doing it himself?

I recently discovered that the veterinarian I used to go to did not
perform some surgeries. Instead, veterinarians at another clinic would
do the surgeries. I don't know how that worked exactly, I don't know
if they came to his clinic or he sent the animal to their clinic. The
clinic that he used is in another city and about 20 minutes away.

I don't know what surgeries he does perform and what he doesn't. He
may also have the clinic do other things too, I'm not really sure.

When I used to go there, I didn't know he did that. He never told me
that he did it. I only found out recently through someone else who
used to go there. It just seems strange that a veterinarian would do
that. It also seems a bit unethical that they'd do it and not inform
the pet owner.

MaryL
March 4th 07, 02:00 PM
"svu geek" > wrote in message
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> Is it unusual that a veterinarian would send an animal to another
> clinic for a surgery rather than doing it himself?
>
> I recently discovered that the veterinarian I used to go to did not
> perform some surgeries. Instead, veterinarians at another clinic would
> do the surgeries. I don't know how that worked exactly, I don't know
> if they came to his clinic or he sent the animal to their clinic. The
> clinic that he used is in another city and about 20 minutes away.
>
> I don't know what surgeries he does perform and what he doesn't. He
> may also have the clinic do other things too, I'm not really sure.
>
> When I used to go there, I didn't know he did that. He never told me
> that he did it. I only found out recently through someone else who
> used to go there. It just seems strange that a veterinarian would do
> that. It also seems a bit unethical that they'd do it and not inform
> the pet owner.
>

It's common for veterinarians to refer patients to specialists, just like it
is with people. In fact, I would be suspicious of any vet who thought he or
should could do everythings. On the other hand, I have never heard of a vet
who would "send" a cat to another vet without consulting with the owner
first (and I'm not sure that is what you are really saying because you said
you just learned about this recently through someone else). That would be
*highly* inapporpriate, IMO. Are you sure it isn't a case of two veterinary
surgeons sharing the same facilities?

MaryL

mlbriggs
March 4th 07, 07:17 PM
On Sun, 04 Mar 2007 01:07:14 -0800, svu geek wrote:

> Is it unusual that a veterinarian would send an animal to another
> clinic for a surgery rather than doing it himself?
>
> I recently discovered that the veterinarian I used to go to did not
> perform some surgeries. Instead, veterinarians at another clinic would
> do the surgeries. I don't know how that worked exactly, I don't know
> if they came to his clinic or he sent the animal to their clinic. The
> clinic that he used is in another city and about 20 minutes away.
>
> I don't know what surgeries he does perform and what he doesn't. He
> may also have the clinic do other things too, I'm not really sure.
>
> When I used to go there, I didn't know he did that. He never told me
> that he did it. I only found out recently through someone else who
> used to go there. It just seems strange that a veterinarian would do
> that. It also seems a bit unethical that they'd do it and not inform
> the pet owner.
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This is also a common practice among human doctors. Not all doctors are
trained or skilled surgeons. MLB