Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Is This Appropriate...

...and is the general public aware that Banfield Pet Hospital is a veterinarian with a religious affiliation?

Here it is, too, in case the posting is no longer available (click to enlarge):



I don't want to judge, and I certainly don't want to offend anyone. But is this right? Should a large corporation like PetSmart affiliate themselves with a company that has blatant religious connections?

I had my suspicions about this company when a friend brought her dog to a Banfield last year when her dog was sick and Banfield was the closest "vet" to her home.

The dog was very sick, and became snippy with the vet. The vet, who, instead of reacting appropriately and asking the woman to muzzle the dog so he could examine him properly, told her to euthanize it then and there. When she looked at the vet like he had 14 heads he said "we" are (something along the lines of) superior to animals in God's eyes and we shouldn't put up with that type of behavior. Huh? You're a veterinarian. You're supposed to determine why the dog isn't feeling well, and hopefully make him better. Needless to say, she left and took her dog to another, private practice.

Comments? How do you feel about this?

23 comments:

  1. I'm all for people having a religious base... but that guy sounds like a whacko. I also don't think you should preach to your clients. Just my opinion!
    ~Maggie

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  2. veryone is entitled to their religious views but to say something like that is just way, way, way out of line. Would they refuse to treat a dog if the owner was a Wiccan or a Muslim or of a different religion ?
    The vet sounds a nut job and should not be practising and I would have complained to the powers that be.


    ~Tea~ Mollys Mom

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  3. When I first saw this, I thought it was a joke. Everyone is entitled to their belief system. Unless I go to a place to learn about that particular belief system (a.k.a. a church), the pie hole should stay shut. Not to mention that fact that I thought companies were not supposed to exclude people from employment based on race, religion, etc. I have already written corporate to complain about one of their vets in Norwalk (no, I DON'T take my animals there). If I hadn't, I would definitely write them to share how wildly inappropriate I think the ad is.

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  4. The vet's comment was definitely inappropriate and insensitive. If it was me, I would have spoken to whoever was the owner of the veterinary practice (assuming THAT vet wasn't the owner) to complain. Religion has it's place - in the home and in a church/mosque/temple/synagogue but not in the workplace where your clients may be of a different faith or no faith. As Molly's Mom said, what if that vet refused to treat the pet because the owner wasn't the same religion (or worse, an atheist!!!)?

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  5. As a rather ecumenical dog I do see it as a problem. I guess if it's a private vet (with a warning label) it's one thing - although not that thing about humans being superior in God's eyes. I don't care what religion you are. You just don't have that kind of information and you are either a healer or you are not. That vet was a definite NOT. But I agree that large corporations should steer clear of a practice that puts a specific sort of religion first and foremost. It just seems like a huge mistake and if it's fur real I think there's going to be trouble.

    wags, Lola

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  6. Thanks for your advice Mr. Vet but my dog is Buddhist and rejects your kill suggestion. Next.

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  7. oh. my. gawd.

    i'm with the rest, have your own religious views but please keep them out of health care. if my own personal doctor told me to see a priest instead of giving me an antibiotic - I'd hit him.

    superior to animals. as retrieverman would say "absolute piffle".

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  8. As long as a business is clear about it's religious beliefs, I think it is fine (many hospitals have religious affiliations, funding and missions). Those who do not wish to share those beliefs can take their business elsewhere.

    P.s. - my beliefs tell me that vet was wrong and I would go elsewhere.

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  9. Hehe...I like YesBiscuit's response the best. I never knew I was a Buddhist!

    My mom says she doesn't care what their religious beliefs are as long as they don't try to influence somebuddy's decision becuz of their pawticular beliefs. And most obviously, that bad V.E.T. was. I hopes she bit him! Oh, mom says it's not nice to bite. Well, at least I hopes she reported him.

    Wiggles & Wags,
    Mayzie

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  10. I think it is strange that it is advertised that way - because of legal reasons, and while I have no problem with religion in general I agree that it isn't appropriate to be brought up in these situations, especially when it isn't openly advertising that they believe that way. I think that the vet who said that should not be a vet. And it is very strange that PetSmart would allow that - I wonder if it is just a few of the sites that have that kind of belief?

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  11. Amy brings up an interesting point. Are these franchises that function within Petsmart under their own individual management regulations?

    The religion piece aside, what kind of "vet" decides to kill a sick dog because he's snippy under pressure?!

    Wags,
    Zona

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  12. Banfield, The Pet Hospital is not associated or affiliated with any religious organizations or groups. We are an equal opportunity employer and our associates are free to practice whatever religion they choose. However, as a practice, our associates are asked to refrain from expressing their religious views within the workplace and with clients. In the instance of the job posting regarding our Stamford, Conn. Hospital, the posting was not posted by, or authorized by, Banfield, The Pet Hospital. Above all, our doctors and other veterinary professionals are committed to practicing the highest-quality of veterinary medicine and our priority is providing the best care possible to the Pets we treat.

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  13. Don't think that incident can only be put down to religious affiliation.........just a very inhumane Vet!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

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  14. In addition, we do strive to provide our clients and their Pets with high quality medicine and exceptional client experiences on every visit. We apologize that your friend's visit to one of our hospitals was unsatisfactory. To address your specific concern, and to help us improve our overall service, we would appreciate it if you or your friend would call us at 1-877-500-2288 to tell us what happened.

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  15. YAY! Thank you Banfield. That's what I wanted to hear. I will do exactly that after I contact my friend.

    Will you also be contacting the Stamford location regarding their job posting?

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  16. OMG, my jaw dropped when I read about your friend's experience at the vet's office! I would've left too and taken my pet elsewhere.

    If a dog isn't feeling well, I would think it's natural that some dogs would be snippy when you try to examine them. Dogs are like people in that they all have different personalities. Some will be more sensative than others to strangers poking at them.

    I'm in agreement with others here that religion has it's time and place and that it should never be forced upon others. I would not go to this vet because I'd be afraid they'd ask about my religious affiliations and try to push their beliefs on me. If I didn't agree, I'd worry about the health of my pets possibly being compromised.

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  17. I am a pretty spiritual doggie, but I would feel really uncomfortable going to this vet. We need to respect and celebrate our differences. No one has the right to inflict their beliefs on someone else

    Your pal, Pip

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  18. I would have left immediately. Religion has no place in the workplace unless you work in a church. Also, anyone who uses arguments like this should stay far away from animals of all kinds.

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  19. I think it speaks volumes that Banfield responded and stepped up to offer your friend an avenue to follow-up on the treatment she received. Kudos on your post and for starting the ball rolling!

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  20. To answer your question, Pibble, yes, we are taking steps to remove the listing. Thank you for your concern and we hope you, your friends, and all of your pets are comfortable in all Banfield locations!

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  21. I can't believe that the Banfield vet at Petsmart in Stamford, CT was so willing to destroy that dog because she snapped at him. The dog was brought to another vet a few days later and she died. The first vet should have recognized there was a problem. That's why Ariel was snapping at everyone. Great vet!!

    I think Petsmart corporate or the attorney general's office for the state of Copnnecticut needs to be notified of this problem. It's an election year for Blumenthal, he'll shut Banfield down for that very illegal ad.

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  22. @anonymous: If you recall the vet's name, Banfield is willing to take action. I don't know what they'll do, but we can find out. Let's talk.

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