Vet COVID Regulations
One of the side effects from the COVID-19 pandemic was that more people who were stuck at home decided to get a pet. This led to more people needing the services of a Vet at a time when Vets were restricted in how they could deliver their services.
With the new COVID regulations, consultations & physical examinations were not able to be performed as smoothly as before the pandemic struck by your Vet.
There is little doubt that the increase in pets has helped many people to cope with the life changes that came from dealing with the pandemic. Being in the house with a beloved pet reduces stress and makes life far more tolerable.
However, the impact on Veterinarians has been massive. While being labeled as an essential service, many Vets had to restrict their services, especially if they wound up infected with COVID-19.
Consultations & Physical Examinations
One positive effect was that in adapting to their new responsibilities, more Vets engaged in outside the office consultations & physical examinations.
Another positive trend was pets were brought to the office without their owners. This was so no illness could be passed from the Vet or their staff. Telemedicine was also increased to allow Vets to talk directly to pet owners, providing them with guidance to maintain the health of their pet.
Admittedly, the changes were difficult for some Vets to embrace. The practice of pet owners staying in their vehicles while giving their pets to Vets who took them inside for examinations. It also made it more difficult for the Vets who did not have the owners around to handle their pets while being examined.
Changes to Vet Practices
While the changes to Vet Practises were made from practicality, one side effect was that Vets and their staff worked longer hours. This increased the stress on Vets who often could not see all the pets possible on a single day. This weighed on the mental health and well-being of Vets who were under stress as more pets needed to be examined and treated.
The stress that comes from being a Vet is not just from the daily examinations. It also comes from engaging in animal euthanasia, dealing with expectations from pet owners, and compassion fatigue. All these factors when combined with the restrictions placed by COVID-19, it’s not surprising that so many vets have been stressed considerably.
New pet owners, especially those who have little experience with pets, often have expectations that may well exceed what a Vet can deliver. Despite the best facilities and treatments, there are still diseases and injuries that may be too much for any treatment to cure. In such cases, Vets often feel anger directed at them for not doing enough when there is nothing that could have been done.
With the potential easing of COVID regulations, the consultations & physical examinations of pets will continue. You can expect the number of Vets to expand over the course of the next few years as more people own pets than ever before.