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THE DILEMMA | Marc Rosenberg, VMD
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CONFLICT: Handling a former associate’s dirty moves
Clashes between colleagues are part of human nature—but when do they cross the line?
r. Hodges has been practicing small animal medicine in his community for 18 years. He has always enjoyed being a solo practitioner, but a few years ago things started to get busier, and he was getting older. It was time for some assistance, so he hired Dr. Gilbert to be his ﬁrst associate. Dr. Gilbert was three years out of veterinary school and had a strong commitment to pets and the profession. But 10 months into the relationship, the two veterinarians found themselves at odds about everything from compensation to diagnosis and treatment protocols. Dr. Gilbert ﬁnally
had enough of what he considered to be an abusive environment, and he abruptly left the practice. Dr. Hodges returned to his solo practice having “learned his lesson.” During the next several months Dr. Hodges received an exceptionally high number of record transfer requests from Dr. Gilbert, who was now practicing in the next town. Dr. Hodges began to suspect that Dr. Gilbert had taken client record information with him when he left the practice. In addition, several clients called him to say that Dr. Gilbert was telling them that he, Dr. Hodges, had made diagnostic errors that were not in their pets’ best
interest. Tese clients were not happy. Dr. Hodges thought his former associate was acting unprofessionally. He proceeded to ﬁle a complaint against Dr. Gilbert with the state board of veterinary medicine. His claim stated that his former associate was engaging in unprofessional behavior. Dr. Hodges thought Dr. Gilbert should be sanctioned and forced to stop this unprofessional activity. Te board contacted both veterinarians and asked them to elaborate on the accusations. Te state board eventually determined that this was an acrimonious relationship but that Dr. Gilbert’s behavior did not rise to the level of unprofessional conduct.
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Where did I go wrong?
Pets and Vets
CATalyst survey examines how veterinarians really feel about animal shelters and pet rescue organizations.
What’s new? What’s now?
Employee steals more than $400,000 from clinic
Longtime veterinarian killed in plane crash in California
Canadian SPCA concerned by number of “home neutering” reports
Arrest made in Minnesota veterinary hospital arson
Washington DVM accused of abusing patients, medications
When faced with disaster, practices need a plan
University of Minnesota celebrates 750,000th urolith
Death to debt
Letter of the law
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