Posted November 10, 2018 10:06:33Veterinary professionals have been left scrambling as their prices have shot up due to the closure of some emergency veterinary clinics and a lack of stock.
In many cases, the vets have had to resort to paying their clients out of pocket or using third party suppliers to get supplies for their animals.
While some of these clinics have been able to get new vets on board, many are struggling with supply and demand as well as high operating costs.
“We have been getting calls from people saying they can’t find veterinary supplies at the same prices as they do now, so they’re getting in to see their vet,” said Dr Lisa Johnson, president of the North Dakota Veterinary Medical Association.
“We’ve had vets who were unable to get into the state hospital because they can only use a third party supplier.
So they’re calling and saying, ‘What about this vet?’, and they’re not being able to see him, they’re having to pay their vet.”
Dr Johnson said some vets have been forced to travel to remote areas in order to make ends meet.
Dr Johnson also pointed to the fact that veterinary supplies have been scarce in the area because of an economic crisis, with more than a quarter of the state’s veterinarians closing their doors.
While she said vets needed to be able to provide quality veterinary care, there needs to be a wider supply of veterinary supplies in order for the state to be viable.
She said veterinarians needed to make sure they were able to offer services to people, and if they were unable do that, then they would have to shut down.
Dr Joanne Rottman is an emergency veterinarian who operates out of the veterinary clinic in North Dakota’s capital city of Fargo.
Ms Rottmann said it was important for vets to make the transition from paying for a pet to having a pet, and she was surprised when the state of North Dakota did not offer her a new appointment.
“I was really surprised when they didn’t provide me with a new pet,” she said.
“My husband and I are going to be moving to another town and I really want to be closer to him.”
So I can’t just go to the vets and say, ‘I’m out of vet appointments.
I’m done with this.’
“So when I found out that I’m not going to have any veterinary appointments at all, it was really hard to get through to them.”
It’s really hard for me to have to put a new vet on to my team when I’ve had to make so many new vet appointments in the past three years.
“That’s really been a struggle.”
Ms Rampson said vets had had to switch to a third-party supplier because there was a shortage of veterinary care.
“In order to get veterinary care in North Carolina, you need to have a veterinarian, and that vet has to be approved by the state,” she explained.
“When you have a shortage, you can have third-parties.”
But that wasn’t the only reason vets were having to make a difficult decision.
The closure of emergency veterinary clinic has been particularly difficult for vets, with some vets even finding themselves unable to work while others have had their jobs taken away because of the lack of vet supplies.
Dr Rottneman said it had been tough, especially since she had already had to shut her office down last year.
“With the emergency vet clinic, I was only able to do two appointments a week,” she recalled.
“But the other vet on staff at the time, who was a specialist in infectious diseases, she could do two to three appointments a day.”
The only reason we were able in the first place to get a vet was because they were out of stock.
“She said while it was difficult to find a third vet, it had helped to keep her staff together.”
But Dr Rottmans frustrations weren’t limited to her own situation.””
I’m happy to have that vet on my team because she does a lot more than just a routine check-up.”
But Dr Rottmans frustrations weren’t limited to her own situation.
“For my first veterinarian, she had to get out of her office and she had no other place to go,” she recounted.
“Because of the emergency veterinary, they had to call my husband, and he couldn’t afford his own appointment.”
Dr Rampman said she had been able make some progress in her career since the closure, but there was still work to do.
“What is it like to work in the veterinary field, you’ve got to be flexible.
I think if I could just get another appointment with a vet that could do one or two appointments, I would be very happy,” she concluded.”
If I was able to have another vet that I could do that for a