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    Quote Originally Posted by peter70 View Post
    I use a vet who is in a couple of suburbs away. There is only one vet there and he owns the business. He is a lovely man and he know his stuff. Price has always been good and he used to breed mastiffs (bordeaux).
    Ah the irony of this post, wasnt it just a few weeks ago i was being told by a member here that they only tell you you want to hear because your paying them.



    Judge the breed i had a similar thing happen years ago with a vet who was across the road from my workplace, my dog was sick and i asked them if i could pay the bill on my payday ( 2 days away) and they said no. I said to them what about the dog you know? He is a much loved living thing. They too said it was not thier problem. They saw me everyday these people due to our workplace location, i was shocked. Another vet sorted problem.
    The person who told me no from the vet across the road came into our shop one day and was wanting to buy a fridge and was pointing one out to me, asking for info.
    I rudely told her that even if she gave me 10,000 for the fridge i wouldnt sell her sht so she might as well get out the shop and leave. Her turn to be shocked. Point made!!
    ....good for you!!!!!!

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    Well, we have two vet surgeries in our small 'city'.

    One has a waiting room so small you can hardly stand in it with two cats, and no, I'm not kidding. The main vet nurse there is a guy who is seriously overweight and doesn't seem able to buy shirts that will cover his whole gut. Yep, this turns me off. Professional slobbiness makes me want to puke. Their array of buy-over-the-counter products is Buckleys or none. I won't go there.

    My husband came home some months back and informed me of a new vet surgery opened up in town. Hmmm, called to check it out when I required a particular concotion for Zed's ear. The vet nurse was one of the most abrupt, rude-mannered bitches I have ever come across. Asked her a few questions about pricing and business hours etc and ended up hanging up. As if I'd want this toad looking After my animals in any way or form!

    In my opinion it is not JUST the veterinarian. A massive amount of the daily care given to animals in a surgery is performed by the veterianry nurses. Therefore I speak to, look at, listen to those ppl just as much as I do the vet.

    The third surgery around here is a different kettle of fish. Lovely spacious wiating room where all animals can wait without stepping on each other's tails etc; vast range of products for sale for a myriad of things; the nurses are polite, friendly, take the time to greet your animal, not just you; will willingly answer questions at any time; and the vet himself will chat for a rediculously long time with me about anything we choose to talk about, and on occasions gives me stuff for nothing, just to see what results it gives me and what I think of it. He's very...'with it.'

    I guess it's obvious why I choose that one, huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Well, we have two vet surgeries in our small 'city'.

    One has a waiting room so small you can hardly stand in it with two cats, and no, I'm not kidding. The main vet nurse there is a guy who is seriously overweight and doesn't seem able to buy shirts that will cover his whole gut. Yep, this turns me off. Professional slobbiness makes me want to puke. Their array of buy-over-the-counter products is Buckleys or none. I won't go there.

    My husband came home some months back and informed me of a new vet surgery opened up in town. Hmmm, called to check it out when I required a particular concotion for Zed's ear. The vet nurse was one of the most abrupt, rude-mannered bitches I have ever come across. Asked her a few questions about pricing and business hours etc and ended up hanging up. As if I'd want this toad looking After my animals in any way or form!

    In my opinion it is not JUST the veterinarian. A massive amount of the daily care given to animals in a surgery is performed by the veterianry nurses. Therefore I speak to, look at, listen to those ppl just as much as I do the vet.

    The third surgery around here is a different kettle of fish. Lovely spacious wiating room where all animals can wait without stepping on each other's tails etc; vast range of products for sale for a myriad of things; the nurses are polite, friendly, take the time to greet your animal, not just you; will willingly answer questions at any time; and the vet himself will chat for a rediculously long time with me about anything we choose to talk about, and on occasions gives me stuff for nothing, just to see what results it gives me and what I think of it. He's very...'with it.'

    I guess it's obvious why I choose that one, huh?
    sounds like my Ortho and "expensive" one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    sounds like my Ortho and "expensive" one
    Yeah, great to find one like that isn't it, Cleas.

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    I dunno about vets but when it comes to medicos - I sometimes find that the ones with the worst bedside manner can be the most skillful surgeons and you just have to confront them on the manner and ask for what you want instead and be very precise. And some with the best bedside manner and ability to explain what you need to know - aren't the most skillful, and when it makes the difference between being able to run or not - that matters to me.

    However I think I'd avoid the vet whose clothes didn't fit and whose premises didn't fit anybody as lacking in care for the animals - which should be priority in a vet office.

    Sometimes when someone seems overly rude for no reason - over the phone or the counter, I ask them if they're having a "bad day". For some it can completely switch their attitude, for others - nothing you can do or say will help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I dunno about vets but when it comes to medicos - I sometimes find that the ones with the worst bedside manner can be the most skillful surgeons and you just have to confront them on the manner and ask for what you want instead and be very precise. And some with the best bedside manner and ability to explain what you need to know - aren't the most skillful, and when it makes the difference between being able to run or not - that matters to me.

    However I think I'd avoid the vet whose clothes didn't fit and whose premises didn't fit anybody as lacking in care for the animals - which should be priority in a vet office.

    Sometimes when someone seems overly rude for no reason - over the phone or the counter, I ask them if they're having a "bad day". For some it can completely switch their attitude, for others - nothing you can do or say will help.


    Yes, you are right there I guess Hy.

    Sometimes Ik if they are having a bad day. If I receive the answer that they are NOT having a bad day, I unfortunately usually follow up with the comment 'oh that's sad.' You'll get the nasty grunt 'why?' I follow with 'it's sad then that you're always such a grumpy b****.'

    Should stop that, makes my son cringe!

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    if you've had a good one, stay there. if you've had a bad experience , never go back cause they'll screw you round again!

    if its someones first time, look at popularity , definetly ask other owners in the area, sometime sthe closest one isnt necessarily the best =)

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    we call our vet but if it bad we drive to the outer site of meb

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    I admit I don't like to burn my bridges. Adelaide can be a VERY SMALL TOWN sometimes. And you never know when the woman who had the hissy fit might be important later on. Better to walk away or treat them as if they were never mean to you, so long as it doesn't cost you anything.

    Never abuse the old boss. New bosses tend to know them and even be their social buddies. Never abuse the rude vet nurse - she might show up at your favourite vet's office or turn out to be on your next hockey team.

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    Well personally speaking, it never fails to amaze me how many of the employed don't realise how seriously lucky they are to have a job at all. I meet too many who would be fired VERY quickly if I was their employer!

    I see your point of view Hy, but I also see it both ways. Sometimes a person can be woken up to their attitude when one refuses to tolerate it. Many ppl will do a double-take and at least consider their actions.

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