How do you feel about clients who think they are being funny? My boyfriend is one of those guys who is always like "I should get my dental done here, it's much cheaper" or "I'd be scared too if you put a thermometer up my butt" (even though thats not the reason the dog is nervous.) He means well but I can see the screaming behind some of the vet techs eyes sometimes.
“Sure, complementary castration with every procedure sir.”
I do tend to start my consults on a bit of a script, having 30+ unique conversations a week is a challenge I’m just not up to making, but nobody notices other than my nurses who get to hear the start of 30+ conversations a week that are all nearly the same. The other vets do it too.
I don’t mind attempts at harmless humor, but there are a few ‘pet peeves’ that I can’t stand.
DOGTOR.If I never see this pun again it will be too soon. I cannot stand it. We treat more than one species damn it! Veterinarian has its origin in the latin veterinae, to deal with cattle and draft animals, i.e. the gears that kept the world moving. Every time I see it I must resist the urge to violently jump of that person and scream knowledge at them.
- Defa dog. Cefa cat.
- Jokes about how rich we must be. These hurt when you’re still living paycheck to paycheck.
- Saying “I don’t like it either” when a pets temperature is taken rectally. I mean, sir and/or madam I just don’t want to know.
- Dogtor. I just cannot express how much I loathe this pun. It’s not clever, it’s never been clever and it keeps popping up in the veterinarian tag.
But harmless, non-offensive humor? It’s over quickly, I can deal with it.