In the aftermath of the horrific events of the weekend in Charleston, South Carolina, veterinarians across the country are calling on veterinarians to make sure their patients are prepared to receive emergency care when necessary.
“It is important to have a plan to save someone’s life, and I want you to be prepared,” Dr. Robert J. Johnson, president and chief executive officer of the American Veterinary Medical Association, said during a call with veterinarians Monday.
“In the case of an emergency, your life is at stake.”
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Dr. Johnson said that the American Vets Association is “working to ensure the best care for vets.”
A number of organizations and individuals have created lists of emergency rooms in their communities to assist vets.
Dr Johnson said he was particularly concerned that some vets are reluctant to talk about their procedures because they believe that they have “some level of privilege” or privilege not to disclose their procedures to the public.
He said that in a situation like this, “when it’s the public that has to ask questions and when it’s a critical time, the best thing to do is to not only have the best information but to have the most appropriate information, so we can make informed decisions that are in the best interest of the patients and the people that we care for.”
This article originally appeared on the Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde blog, which you can read here.