Change veterinary negligence law!
Change veterinary negligence law!
Why this petition matters
My parrot died I believe due to negligence. The vet failed to do a close inspection of the problem area, and failed to notice a string wrapped around his neck, apparently this is common for birds. By the time I noticed, the next day, he quickly declined and suffered a terrible death right in front of my eyes. This has been hugely painful for me, knowing from the moment I stepped out of that practice, every second he suffered from there forward could have been prevented and he could have been alive. I didn't want this to happen to anyone else, it wasn't just the string I left that consult feeling very uninformed and lacked confidence in the vet which I told a few people that night, but tried having faith in my vet, as you are advised. The day after my gut feeling led me to check him closer, I lifted the feathers with a pencil and saw the string, I couldn't at that point remove it safely, I put him back in his cage, he was still alert and I thought I'd have time and tried finding the closest open vet on a bank holiday, mine was closed, but he quickly declined and I was unable to save him, roughly 30minutes from spotting the string, he was dead...
I went online and found out that even if the vet via negligence or malpractice could only really result in financial compensation for your financial losses.
There was 0 compensation for emotional distress caused to owner or animal, there was no real punishment for a vet, if anything owners ended up punished, because they lived in the knowledge the vet they were meant to trust failed them, and in turn forever felt like they failed their pet. So if the beloved pet only cost £60 for the visit during a consult, you could only really try to get that £60 back and maybe an apology. No care for the amount of unnecessary suffering their negligence caused, no matter how severe. So I kept reading and reading on how owners felt helpless, so rarely took things further and it wasn't financially viable, not because they wanted to make money off the practice or vet, but because the compensation wouldn't cover the attorney and fees to go to court and many wouldn't be able to fund this as even if fully insured and well cared for, they couldn't afford to do anything, and the feeling that a vet could just go on potentially harming next animals with 0 consequences other than maybe a telling off from the boss, weighing heavy on their consciousness.
The only ones usually suing were those more well off with massive bills, so generally horse related, as the bills for horse cases were more worth claiming for as thousands or more worth.
There should be harsher punishment on neglect cases just like human healthcare, we can all recognise animals suffer, we punish ordinary people with huge fines and possible jail time, yet a vet is exempt, someone with the most responsibility towards an animal can walk away from neglect with just a slap on the wrist and a refunded owner which won't make any impact on the practice or vet, making extremely neglectful vets not saying mine is, but it means those that are, less inclined to change, because there's rarely any consequences from owners that give up out of shear hopelessness.
Most professions if not all can have serious consequences if they result in injury or death of someone, why are pets different? If a non veterinary industry worker caused the injury or death via neglect they can be prosecuted but a vet with so much more responsibility and trust on them from the owner and a vulnerable living being?
No I am not trying to do a "witch hunt" on the veterinary industry, no I'm not trying to make it harder to be a vet or vet nurse. Because malpractice would need to be proven, so if it wasn't malpractice which various points need to be prooven for this, then they wouldn't have any problems, but if neglect, which requires various key things to be prooven, a list of things, then the vet would have to be help responsible just like any other person would, or like a human doctor or nurse is held responsible for their patient, human doctors are held accountable to stop it happening and serve as a warning to others so as to discourage neglect and prevent the same mistakes by others, if a civilian does it they are prosecuted to discourage others from doing the same...
The veterinary industry should not be exempt from seeking justice. Owners should be able to hold the cases of neglect and the repercussions of their neglect within the veterinary industry responsible. They should be able to seek justice!
I believe cases of neglect go without consequences in the veterinary industry and this is wrong. I worked in the veterinary industry, I know most in the profession do all they can, I don't wish to punish them, and they'd be able to prove no neglect took place, it's the neglectful ones I want to have held responsible. Animals to most are their family, my pets have kept me alive through periods of depression, for some people loosing their pet can spiral then into depression just as loosing a child, the psychological effects on owners is real, and the pain and suffering and death that could have been avoided if the standards of veterinary care had been met should be held accountable!
Sorry for spelling and grammar mistakes, I have dyslexia.