Veterinarians play a vital role in society’s well-being, as the importance of pets to the lives of many people has become more evident through the years. They need to be the best at their jobs — in skills, knowledge, and compassion — so they can provide the best possible services.
Properly filling out a veterinary prescription label, with details and instructions that pet owners can understand easily, is one of the hallmarks of a conscientious practitioner. It’s something that pet owners appreciate and make them become regular visitors to the clinic.
Surprisingly, writing prescriptions for animal ailments seem to be a gray area for many veterinarians, as the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has come up with a list of the most frequently asked questions about the subject.
Prescribing the correct drug for sick animals is indeed a concern, as it carries certain conditions that need to be met before the drug can be sold. These include establishing a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship where the vet assumes the responsibility for the animal’s treatment and that the client agrees to follow the instructions given to them.
This is not the only issue veterinarians face at the moment. There are other concerns that need to be addressed as well:
Declining client visits
Even if the number of pet owners has increased over the years, veterinarians are seeing lesser clients in their clinics. This is because many people are relying more on the Internet to get information for pet care or treatment. The challenge for vets is to have their own online presence.
Ironically, even if pet owners don’t visit vet clinics regularly, the number of veterinarians going into private practice has gone up because it’s still a lucrative trade. There are even companies today that offer traditional care for pets, but done in a modern way like mobile services for spaying and neutering.
Having shortage of pet drugs
It’s a problem that has been identified since 2010, as companies have stopped producing human-approved drugs that veterinarians prescribe for sick pets. This is due to a variety of reasons that include a shortage of raw and packing materials, stricter FDA regulations, and even simple marketing decisions.
These issues will not go away soon, but with the help of concerned government agencies and better information dissemination to the public about preventive care, vets may see their concerns properly addressed.