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Local Vet Urgently Needs Your Support

By spin462002 - 23 February 2008 37

Dr Jan Spate is a local vet at Hall. The Vet Board is threatening to close her down because her premises apparently don’t come up to their “standards”. The fact she is a superb vet and offers a wonderful service that anyone can afford seems to be lost on them!! I wouldn’t take my pets anywhere else! Jan has a big heart and does a fantastic job in clean, user friendly surroundings.

Please write to the Board and tell them what a great vet Jan is. Tell them about the great service she provides and how much she cares about your animals/pets.

email to: vetboard@act.gov.au
or snail mail to: Vet Surgeons Board of the ACT, PO Box 976 Civic Square ACT 2608

I sent my letter today (email and copy by snail mail) Let’s not lose this great service, please show your support.

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Brook_Lynn 2:10 pm 14 Apr 11

I’ve been told numerous times by pet owners never to take my pet to this practice. From one friend who worked at a vet, I was informed that they frequently had pet owners bring their pet’s in after being treated at Jan’s practice for infections and complications post surgery. This tells me that her practice isn’t up to an appropriate standard and I would never endanger my pets health by taking having her treated at this practice.

I would suggest to anyone that does utlise Jan Spade’s practice that you request to see the facilities, especially in the event that your pet has surgery. It was also mentioned to me that her operating table is more or less a table with some newspaper laid down.

Based on the feedback I’ve been privied to, I imagine the shut down is more than justified. As I said, I suggest viewing the facilities and qualifications of any practice you take your pet to.

ant 9:11 pm 27 Jun 09

She sounds like exactly the kind of vet that all people who really love their animals need. I wish she was closer to the east side! That said, we now have a good, solid, competant vet. And will steer clear of those multi-vet flash hospitals. Never again.

If so many people are so very happy with her, why are the authorities gunning for her? I can say, there’s other vet. establishments that need attention. I was in a conversation a while back with some people, and one person declared they had used the worst vet hospital in Canberra. I begged to differ, saying we’d used the worst vet hospital in Canberra. Turned out we were both right, we were both talking about the same place!

Hells_Bells74 4:58 pm 27 Jun 09

Jan was fantastic about 10 years ago when she desexed my two cats (not with me now). Above and beyond any call of duty she was for half the cost.

She really cared.

antstorm 3:30 pm 27 Jun 09

its makes me quite upset reading some of the comments here from the people that don’t use Jan’s services ,or know the lady.

the most important thing is that she cares for the welfare of the animals
NOT the welfare of her wallet
her practice is clean , yes it maybe like a country vet layout
and not swish like the other money hungry vets i and my pets had the misfortune to attend in the ACT, but never the less her practice is clean , this is simply and out and out smear campaign bought about by these less than morally adjusted vets in Canberra to bring Jan down
why would you go see a vet who charges 700+ dollars , doesn’t really take your emotions or the animals into consideration and cares more for you cc card than your beloved pet?
whilst jan charges a minimal ( i mean minimal fee)

my precious Russian Blue was born with a breathing defect , i took him to a vet , lets say close to belconnen and leave it at that , after 800 dollars and no progress , he informed us that or cat would probably not live to see that end of march 08
we took him to Jan , she observed him , gave him what he needed , and his is alive and well today , the chubby little bugger , and what did Jan charge us , 90 dollars for the 3 or 4 times that we needed to go back to her

These other vets know that she does this , you cant tell me that they wouldnt hold a grudge , seriously you’d have to be stupid not to see that!

she also takes time to go out to farms 1 2 3 in the morning , help cows to birth and charges little or nothing to help out

Jan Spade should be commended , and if you dont know her , dont judge her , maybe one day your beloved animal may need help , and ill tell you one thing , vets in Canberra are the worst ive seen here in Australia , without Jan, it would be appauling to think what or where i could take my little babies

gargamel 11:34 am 12 Jun 09

Apparently the vet is under threat again. One can only assume cos of the passage of time that the board has been flexible or that the vet pulled her socks up. The fact that she is trouble AGAIN suggests the vet in question continues to shirk her responsibilities as a member of the community.

I do believe that being a fabulous vet Amamba et al means more than you think. Part of it means complying with the rules that we as a community have put together to protect everyone.

If she is in trouble again with the board, to me, it means SHE is doing something wrong…

phototext 2:53 pm 10 Jun 09

If the original post was Feb last year anyone know what eventually happened to the vet in question ?

phototext 2:48 pm 10 Jun 09

Peter Burgess

+1

“Anywho, why is this thread back up ?”

Well spotted Danman.

Clown Killer 1:41 pm 10 Jun 09

Peter Burgess, Ainslie….Go nowhere else.

Couldn’t agree more. Peter has been our pet doctor for almost 20 years. I wouldn’t go anywhere else.

jakez 1:30 pm 10 Jun 09

amamba said :

quite “I don’t care if she’s a fabulous vet, I don’t care if she’s a fabulous person for that matter. The appropriate authority has identified a problem”. unquote

So if the problem is bureacracy gone troppo, or a personality clash, or some Canberra snotty nosed public servant saying, OMG, this woman is a “bit different” and WE CAN’T HAVE THAT…or any other kind of witch-hunt…..

….and they also don’t care if she’s a fabulous vet, I don’t care if she’s a fabulous person for that matter. Read dem rules..

how sad…but VERY Canberra

No, I live and breathe to fight fights against bureacracy. But if the vet in question is complying with said standards, why the flying flipper would I write an email to the board.

Dear Board,

I really like this vet that is apparently complying with your requests. Please don’t shut down the vet…that is responding to your demands and complying. Can you please not enforce your standards…that the vet…is going to comply with…WOOT!

I totally get the need to find a good vet. I had a terrible experience with my rabbit and that Animal Hospital out in Lyneham/on the way to Mitchell, where I paid $500 and they only made things worse and I had to eventually put the animal down. So awesome, Jan Rules! But don’t come and ask for support when the bloody woman is already making moves to comply with the standards.

Danman 1:12 pm 10 Jun 09

Peter Burgess, Ainslie….Go nowhere else.

Never ever had a problem there and been using his services for about 5 years.
Great friendly guy who loves his work.

He was also very good with my mother when her pet rabbit of 13 years (old fella) had to be put down)

He also does house calls for larger animals – Horses etc.

I have put my pets lives in his hands several times and will continue to do so…

Anywho, why is this thread back up ?

ant 12:40 pm 10 Jun 09

Groan!

Ceej1973 11:56 am 10 Jun 09

My guess is there was a hair in the food !

ant 10:49 am 10 Jun 09

It’s important to hang on to local vets. So many now are going into these multi-vet hospital setups, and you can end up having a different vet each time. This contributed to one of our dogs getting teh wrong treatment that ultimately killed her.

We now go to a traditional suburban vet (in Ijong St Braddon) who doesn’t have a forest of machines to pay for, and just diagnoses and treats the dog correctly, the old way. Sensible, responsible treatment.

amamba 10:11 am 10 Jun 09

quite “I don’t care if she’s a fabulous vet, I don’t care if she’s a fabulous person for that matter. The appropriate authority has identified a problem”. unquote

So if the problem is bureacracy gone troppo, or a personality clash, or some Canberra snotty nosed public servant saying, OMG, this woman is a “bit different” and WE CAN’T HAVE THAT…or any other kind of witch-hunt…..

….and they also don’t care if she’s a fabulous vet, I don’t care if she’s a fabulous person for that matter. Read dem rules..

how sad…but VERY Canberra

Rai Rai 3:30 pm 16 Feb 09

my family and i have been going to jan for 10 years now, and have never had a problem with her service.
recently, when our beloved family dog of 15 years got cancer, jan helped us accept that losing her wasnt really a bad thing, put her down in a comfortable environment she was used to, and buried her on a farm.

the people that have bad things to say about jan obviously have not had the wonderful experience of her work.
she is nothing but loving and caring toward the animal AND the family.

BerraBoy68 10:39 am 03 Dec 08

I used to use Jan’s services when lived northside. My parents continue to do so for their dog. She is a very caring vet and I do trust her with my and my families pets. Several years ago my dog had a major stroke and Jan put him down for me, even burying my good mate on her property. What other vet would make such an offer?! I also agree that with Jan, the animals certainly seem to come before the cash. That said, Jan’s practice is in Hall and is very much what I would say is an old style country practice. I wouldn’t say it was as clean and gleaming as say, Kippax vet clinic, but I’m not sure if any animals have died because of this.

I know my folks would be very sad if Jan was forced to close her clinic so I hope she can find a solution.

GungahlinGrrl 10:19 am 03 Dec 08

I’ve only just seen this, but would be incredibly saddened if anything happened to Jan’s practice. She’s not only a very caring and competent vet, but also a great mentor to young people considering a career working with animals.

Her premises may not be fancy, but the care is first rate and very affordable. Probably not something other vets necessarily want to see…

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