What to Expect from a Veterinarian?
Q.I am looking for general information regarding my veterinarian and horse care. What should I expect from the veterinarian? I feel like she just provides shots, but there is really no physical examination. Is there a set protocol or standard that I should be asking for? She does shots and moves on to the next horse, and that is about it. My dog gets a more thorough physical exam when I take him to the vet.
—Paula, via e-mail
A.Here is a prime example of where communication between owner and veterinarian is critical—so that there are few misunderstandings! Perhaps you asked your veterinarian to come out to “give vaccinations,” which is what happened. Although if a horse appeared to be clinically ill, it likely would have resulted in a physical examination and further work-up instead of
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