Kindness can go a long way in veterinary medicine

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Dr Meghan Vaught explains how to ‘not bully the bully’ after an incident at her clinic, plus why you should always choose kindness

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In May 2022, Maine Veterinary Medical Center, the hospital where Meghan Vaught, DVM, DACVECC, works, became a target of cyberbullying after an incident involving a surrendered German Shepard puppy went viral. Because of this, the clinic received thousands of calls threatening violence, not only to the clinic, but to the veterinary team, as well.

During this episode of The Vet Blast Podcast, Meghan Vaught, DVM, DACVECC, explains how this incident started a movement to stop cyberbullying in veterinary medicine, how to get help if you are the target of cyberbullying, including Not One More Vet’s Cyberbullying Task Force .

Below is a partial transcript. Listen to the full podcast for more.

Meghan Vaught, DVM, DACVECC: How can we help each other and feel that support on both sides, have that engagement, and try to minimize some of this hard negativity because that’s not going to help us continue to practice the medicine that our families ultimately want us to be available for , right? We could have shut down in those days, but that’s not what’s going to be helpful for the pets that actually meet us here in this surrounding area. And so how can we do that together to be able to pull it all in, be the team that we all hope this to be every day, and be kind to one another.