Life of a rural vet: part one


5 thoughts on “Life of a rural vet: part one

  1. The ending of this article made me so sad. As a member of the board of directors at the Humane Society for Inland Mendocino County, I see weekly how Dr. Chana and the staff at East Hill Veterinary Clinic have so much compassion for the sick and ailing animals and patience with their pet parents. I also see how desperate county people are for help with their pets.
    Day after day, we see neglected, abandoned and helpless animals and we too have to learn how to say no. We can’t save them all, even when we want to.
    Please show kindness and understanding for the vet clinics and shelters who are doing the best that they can with limited resources, staff and funds.

  2. It made me so sad to read how badly the wonderful caring staff of this clinic are being treated. They are wonderful folks who always do their best to be accommodating, compassionate and caring. I consider them a true gift to this small community. Bless them for all they do.

  3. Wow I totally understand I worked with my husband who is a physician and it was the same people complaining about the wait then taking more time than their appt. Complaining the whole time.. I guess Vets are the same there is always rude people, Dr. Chana you are definitely appreciated by us.. thank you for your service…

  4. I used to practice in Mendocino County as a veterinarian for 5 years before I burned out on people. I made the transition to shelter medicine and animal welfare and have not looked back, as it is much more fulfilling when people and pets are grateful for the work you are doing rather than acting like entitled brats. I get to help the animals much more directly now and skip the people. Let’s not forget that Dr. Grasse, as well as 2 other veterinarians, took their own lives, to get away from the unbearable pressures. Our profession has an extremely high suicide rate and many of us have lost colleagues this way. We are not charitable organizations just because we love animals. Yes, we do make money at our jobs, just like everyone else who works, but somehow that’s not ok. What’s also not ok is blaming the veterinarian for your personal choices, the economy, the workforce issues or the lack of staffing. People are leaving this profession daily making it harder for the ones left behind. There will be no one left to care for your animals if your don’t care for your veterinarian.

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