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Client Release Information
Welcome! Thank you for the honor of working with you and your pet. We trust you look forward to the exciting teamwork ahead as we do. The information on this page will help establish guidelines and expectations and prevent misunderstandings. Please read it carefully and feel free to bring any comments or questions to your appointment.
You must agree to these terms with your signature/initials at the top of your pet’s medical record form.
PROTOCOL AND FEE STRUCTURE
If you are like most of us, one of the first things you want to know is how all this works and the fee structure. So, since we are all thinking of helping your loved one as the most important thing, let's set up the foundation for our teamwork to make it easier for you to plan, and to assist in the process.
http://holvet.net/clients/20084/images/EugeneSimkins2.jpg.w300h225.jpgMy practice differs from the usual veterinary office in that the main service I provide is my expertise rather than conventional services like surgery and radiographs. For these services you will be referred back to your local/conventional veterinarian as needed.
The first appointment is quite extensive, running an average of 45 - 90 minutes. Following appointments generally last 10 - 30 minutes. The time between appointments is usually three weeks to three months, and can be more frequent in acute states. The total length of time needed to treat most chronic disease cases is two months to one year, depending on the difficulty of the case.
I take payment for phone consults in the form of credit card (Visa or MasterCard only). I take payment for in-clinic appointments in the form of credit card (Visa or MasterCard only), cheque, or cash.
My practice of medicine provides a very different experience from conventional veterinary medicine and it is my opinion that this form of therapy can be used to treat a broader range of problems than those treated conventionally. However, the medical modalities I use are not magic. Like conventional medicine they cannot resolve every problem successfully. You can, however, expect the following:
- My very best effort in treating your pet.
- A firm commitment to continually advance my skills and my services.
- My most accurate prognosis for your pet at the end of the first appointment.
- Extensive after hours emergency coverage by myself or by another qualified homeopathic veterinarian.
- Case treatment coordination with your local/conventional veterinarian.
- Consultation for second opinions or referral to other homeopathic or conventional veterinarians as needed for the very best care of your pet.
- Classical Hahnemannian Homeopathy, nutrition, and natural supplements as the primary basis for treatment regardless of the nature of your pet's problems or the conventional diagnosis, prognosis, or usual protocol for treatment.
Your responsibilities are as follows:
- Monitor your pet well and keep good notes. This is essential. The treatment decisions made at each appointment and, therefore, our degree of success depends on this.
- Help coordinate treatment between your local/conventional veterinarian and me. I look forward to working with your local veterinarian. We must all work as a team for the good of your loved one. After all, medicine is a service profession. We are all here to serve you and your pet.
- While I strongly encourage you to actively participate in the decisions in your pet's case, please do not administer nor discontinue any medications or supplements without consulting me first. This includes all services offered by your local/conventional veterinarian for routine matters and emergencies. This greatly helps to avoid problematic complications. I say this not to discourage you, but to invite you to use our experience in coordinating the use of other modalities with homeopathy correctly, effectively and safely. Again, I eagerly welcome input from you and your local/conventional veterinarian. To help insure a smooth case, just consult me first.
- Be on time for appointments. Be patient if I am delayed by a complicated case.
For your first appointment it is most helpful to have the following information:
- Any medical records, esp from a recent veterinary exam indicating a diagnosis.
- Any recent test results.
- A photo of you and your pet. Please! These photos are kept with the medical record and I love looking at them with every appointment.
- A list of all medications and supplements currently being used, including their dosages. If you have an in-house appointment, bring the list and the meds/supplements themselves.
- Documents must be received two business days in advance of the appointment so I have sufficient time to review them.