Bob - I love the passion you always express for using a teaching hospital for your dogs .. and 99% of the time you are bang on .. however there have been occasions when students or young new vets haven't realized they needed more support in diagnosis then they think and there have been errors there too
You're giving them a little bit better odds than I would -- I'd say 93-98 out of 100!
But hey! 93-99/100 odds are far better than you'd get from choosing any other option for successful dog diagnosis & treatment, isn't it?!
But do YOU have some personal experience
to support your opinions?
At which SVM/CVM?
NONE of the students we've EVER seen makes a diagnosis -- or performs treatments.
EVERY thing they do is repeated and confirmed by a very
experienced DVM who is their mentor and supervisor.
When we enter KSU's CVM TH, we are met by a 4th yr student (senior, in their last semester before graduation as DVMs) who escorts us to a clinical exam room, takes vital signs, gets the daily activities, diet, presenting problem, etc. Then brings in their DVM clinical supervisor/professor who repeats ALL the vitals, verifies everything previously said, and corrects any discrepancies.
Diagnosis and treatment, by law, must always be done by a licensed DVM, NEVER by a (unlicensed) student.
It is ALWAYS by a DVM -- and, in my many
experiences at KSU, by a very
experienced and knowledgable one who has the most current diagnostic and treatment options available. What SVM/CVM would ever have a junior, inexperienced DVM mentoring 4th year students? That would/should NEVER
occur in any valid university program I've ever seen dealing with diagnosis & treatment (medical schools, clinical psychology programs, VetMed programs),
Have you personally
had some different experience?
As far as I'm aware -- or have ever
heard -- my experience is the norm at all university SVM/CVMs.
While I'm well pleased with KSU's CVM-TH services (with the exception of some minor bumps they've corrected after my bitching), I'm aware that some others (e.g., UPenn, Cornell, Tufts, esp.) are considered world-class and would have presumably even higher standards