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Veterinary medicine. veterinarians. more problems with nationwide care

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Veterinarians. More problems with nationwide care

A three-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback is examined and measured by two veterinarians at the small animal clinic of the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. photo:

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A 24-hour vet is available nearby. In Saxony-Anhalt, this is becoming increasingly difficult. In emergency situations across the country, mistresses and gentlemen sometimes have to take patients a long way, the veterinary association says.

Veterinarians in Saxony-Anhalt find complex veterinary care more and more difficult. In rural areas in particular, there are problems with emergency services outside the practice’s opening hours, said Falk Salchert, vice president of the Chamber of Veterinarians in Saxony-Anhalt. There is no veterinary clinic in the republic that works around the clock, only veterinary clinics for a few days. For problems that occur at night, pet owners sometimes have to travel longer distances. In certain circumstances, they have to go to Leipzig, Braunschweig or Hanover, where the veterinary training centers are located.

From the point of view of the House of Veterinarians, it must first be achieved that only emergency cases actually end up in the emergency services. In most cases, veterinarians’ working hours are already very long.

There are fewer and fewer veterinarians with their own branch in Saxony-Anhalt. The number of employed veterinarians is increasing. “We notice the same phenomenon as in other areas of life, that colleagues want more free time, and working hours, hours worked are no longer the same,” Salchert said.

The Federal Chamber of Veterinarians assumes practice owners typically work 60 hours per week and veterinarians 40 hours or less. This alone will result in fewer possible treatment hours in practices. The State Chamber of Veterinarians expects supply bottlenecks to continue.

According to the Chamber of Veterinarians, 800 veterinarians work in Saxony-Anhalt. 334 worked in their own branch. 196 other veterinarians work in practices. According to information, 185 doctors work in the state veterinary system. Others work in research and teaching or with the German armed forces.


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