Veterinarians are forced to watch out for each other and have to know what their patients are up to, and how to handle them, as the latest survey reveals.
The survey of 1,000 vets across the state of Queensland reveals some are too trusting and others are too suspicious.
“We’re all very good at our job,” says Dr Lisa MacKinnon.
But the survey also shows some are being too trusting.
In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, more than 40 per cent of vets are afraid of going home to their homes.
Veterinarians who answered the survey said they feared going home if their partner was ill, the coronapid pandemic was looming, or if they needed to deal with a patient with a chronic condition.
It also emerged that nearly three-quarters of vets who responded said they felt they could not trust people who weren’t their colleagues.
This was especially true for those who are in their second or third year in the profession.
Dr MacKinnas boss, Dr Peter Rippon, says the survey results will make him feel better.
He says vets need to be cautious.
“(The survey) really does make me feel better about myself and my own ability to keep patients safe,” he says.
The Queensland Veterinary Association is not saying what changes it is considering to the state’s vet laws.
They have advised vets to take a good look at the survey and make sure they know what to expect when they get home.
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