Veterinarians Behaving Badly, what on Earth are you thinking??
Every profession has its challenges, and it’s true, veterinarians do see our fair share of kooky pet owners. But we are all guilty of making unreasonable demands of service people, and I can’t imagine any pet owner who would enjoy having their visit detailed on your blog for thousands of people to laugh at.
The public pays our bills. And the public does not want their trusted family veterinarian saying unkind, hurtful things in a VERY public forum, all the while hiding under a cloak of anonymity. Complain to your close friends, your colleagues in private, whatever gets you through the day, but please, for the love of Pete, don’t do it in public.
Writing is often very therapeutic. Lots of people enjoy humorous writing, including that which highlights our own human faults. There are plenty of customer service blogs out there that gently and playfully make light of difficult service situations. It IS possible to be funny, without being disrespectful. I hope you run out of “huh huh, clients are dumb, huh huh” stories soon, because they make me really uncomfortable.
By all means, write about humerous veterinary topics. This job is HARD! Just please, eliminate the name calling, the I-know-more-stuff-than-you-do attitude, and the anonymous client-bashing. We can surely laugh at ourselves without being mean.
The public turns to veterinarians for trusted advice, and have for 250 years. Any attention a veterinary blog garners is because of the respect earned through the hard work of our predecessors, thousands of men and women who worked their butts off for little pay and a good night’s sleep.
Whether they agree with us or not, the public listens to vets. Please use your voice to help our honorable profession, not hurt it.