When a vet makes a mistake

Most pet owners in Florida could agree that only the utmost quality care is suitable for their pets. This is why selecting the most trustworthy veterinarian is crucial. With all of the joys and comfort that a four-legged friend can bring to one's life, why not treat them with special care? Similar to human medical professionals, veterinarians must closely follow safety practices, as well as provide honest and appropriate care in the case that a mistake happens. 

If such a mistake occurs at the hands of a veterinarian, there are legal steps pet owners can take to seek justice. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals shares some common ways to avoid and address veterinarian malpractice, first stating that contacting the local Better Business Bureau and the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners can inform owners of reputable practices. PETA also advises pet owners to avoid letting their pets stay overnight at these facilities, if possible. In the case that an owner suspects malpractice, a good first step is to put the complaint in writing; the document should then go to Florida's veterinary licensing board in request of a proper investigation and review. Pet owners may also file a small-claims suit against the veterinarian, as well.

The aforementioned steps may not always serve as complete solutions, but taking action can give pet owners closure after a negative experience. Scientific research resource Futurity adds that most mistakes at the vet are a result of human error. Backed by a recent study, Futurity goes on to share that surgical mistakes were the most common type of error, while poor clinical leadership and equipment were also at fault. While most vets carry good intentions, it appears that simple human error is typically to blame. The research highlighted aimed to spread awareness about the issue of vet malpractice, and claimed more effective tools and accurate practices are just two steps facilities can take to ensure safety and security for pets in the future.     

 

 

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