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Malpractice prevention begins with awareness


Recognize your limitations

Refer early and often. New doctors need to grow thick skins, let go of their egos and honestly evaluate their capabilities. They have to ask the question, "Can we really do what needs to be done for this animal?" If not, the veterinarian has an obligation and duty to refer it. Many lawsuits stem from clients asking, "Why wasn't I referred sooner?"


Beware of the drop off. An animal comes in for a dental exam and mistakenly gets neutered. These unauthorized surgical procedures actually happen. Veterinarians who allow this often are trying to save time for their clients by letting them leave their animals without good communication.

The harder you try to do people favors, the worse it will come back to bite you. These clients will be the first ones to sue.


Source: DVM360 MAGAZINE,
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