DVMs trump MDs.
I took our little dog Lulu to the Vet yesterday and I realized Vets have it in spades over regular Doctors. In fact, I bet if you have a pet you’ve experienced the same thing:
1. I’ve been to maybe 7 different Vets over our pet-owning years. I have NEVER met a Vet who wasn’t kind, courteous, and caring. They specialize in animals, but their people skills are first-rate.
2. The people who do all the admin work at Vets trump almost any front-desk folks at regular Doctors. For whatever reason, they never have an attitude and always seem to give a damn about your pet.
3. I can usually make an appointment the same day. With a normal Doctor, you’re lucky to see the person in the same month. With my Vet, if I call first thing in the morning, I can usually have our dog in that afternoon.
4. And once I get there, time in the waiting room is about 2 minutes. Now maybe our Vet is particularly speedy, but I’d say 5 minutes is my average wait time at ALL the Vets I’ve seen. Average wait time at a regular Doctor? Uh, considerably more than 5 minutes.
5. Vets are always close by. Our Vet is 5 minutes from our house. No fancy office building, no “medical complex.” Just a normal house converted into a Vet’s office. 99% of the Doctors I’ve seen aren’t anywhere near as convenient.
Now, when it gets to Vet specialists, well, they’re a little more uppity. But, they’re still a lot more down-to-earth than the normal big-shot cardiac surgeon.
Of course, when I was growing up, our family MD was almost exactly like Vets are now: humble, kind, and seemed to give a sh*t. I just hope Vets don’t evolve the same way.