Why are appointments at Mayfair Animal Clinic PC difficult to schedule?
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Unfortunately, it is not just Mayfair. Veterinary medicine across the nation is busier than usual (primary cares, ERs, Specialty Centers, etc) due to the increased pet adoptions in the past 2-3 years.
Increased Number of Pets
They estimate that the total number of pets in the United States increased by 50 million when comparing 2018 to 2021. Unfortunately, there are only 5,000 total new veterinarians to accommodate this increase.
At any given time in the United States, 1 veterinarian is responsible for the health of 1,500 pets.
Some clinics are no longer accepting new clients. We may need to take this approach to accommodate current clients’ needs but plan to do our best to keep our doors open to everyone.
A lot of pets skipped last year’s appointment due to Covid-19 precautions. We understand why some clients chose to do this and are all working hard to play catch-up.
Due to Covid-19, if our staff members become ill, they are out of work for a longer period of time. This is either due to the necessity for Covid testing or quaratines. These cause us to unexpectedly be short-staffed, especially when the doctors need to be absent.
Suicide, Depression, and Burnout
One issue that is rarely brought up as a reason for their not being more veterinarians is mental health. Depression in veterinarians has skyrocketed in the last decade. Veterinarians are 3 times more likely to commit suicide than the average profession and are in the top 3 careers for most likely to commit suicide.
This depression comes from the responsibilities we take on in our profession, being overworked and also being verbally abused by some clients who blame veterinarians for their pets’ conditions, bills, or inability to fit them into their schedule.
Why can’t we squeeze in just 1 more pet?
We have a limited amount of time in the day. Unfortunately, if we are referring you to an emergency clinic, it means that the doctors have already squeezed in as many patients into their day as possible. If they take on too many cases, the quality of medicine decreases and mistakes may occur.
Why can’t we hire more vets/staff?
In the past year, we have hired an additional veterinarian and doubled our support staff. Unfortunately, we cannot fit any more staff into our workspace.
Why can’t the United States just train more vets?
There is less than one veterinary school per state and it is very competitive to get into veterinary school. These veterinary schools have a limited class size since it is difficult to train large numbers of students. Prior to veterinary school, it is typical that a student would have to receive 3-4 years of undergraduate courses prior to applying to a 4 year veterinary school. This means that even if veterinary schools did increase their class size, it would take 7-8 years to see an increase in veterinarians entering the workforce.
How can you help?
Please be kind to our staff. We understand that being referred to the ER can be stressful, but our staff is doing their best to accommodate everyone that we can.
Please schedule routine visits well ahead of time.
Many appointments have been “no-shows” lately. This is a serious issue because of our back-log of needed appointments (which cannot be scheduled last-minute). We are implementing charges for no-shows in an attempt to lessen this wasted time.
As soon as you notice an issue with your pet, please contact us. As a precaution, we may schedule an appointment in preparation for worsening clinical signs. An appointment can be canceled without any fee up to the day before the visit.
Zero Tolerance Rule
It saddens us to announce that the past two years seem to have brought out the worst in some people.
We have implemented a zero-tolerance rule at Mayfair Animal Clinic for any clients that are hostile, threatening, or rude to our staff. If any of our staff members feel threatened with a client’s behavior or communication, Mayfair’s administration will have that client’s records transferred to the veterinary clinic of their choice and future services will be denied.
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Mayfair Animal Hospital has been serving the community for over 60 years with three generations of veterinarians. Whether your pet needs an annual visit or is dealing with a health issue, we will work with you to discuss the available options in order to help you create an individual plan for your pet.
We understand that health concerns come with stress and fear for our clients and patients. Our goal is to work together to make sure everyone understands their situation and is comfortable with the options available.
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4314 North Elston Ave., Chicago, IL 60641 US
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Meet Our Team
The core of our team is three generations of Dr. Fedyniaks, supported by selected associates with the same values our family has supported in our practice for over 60 years.
From Wellness and Dentistry to Nutrition, Surgery and even Alternative Treatments, Mayfair is here to keep your pets healthy and living long, happy lives.
Emergency and Poison Help
We are NOT a 24 hour facility. Cases determined to be emergencies by our veterinarians will be given priority over other appointments. In most cases, emergencies should go to a 24-hour specialty center for immediate treatment.
We’ve provided a list of pet toxins, human medications that are toxic to pets and pet poison hotlines quickly referenced by clicking the button below.