I work as a locum and go to a lot of practices that have little to no relationship with local physio/hydro/massage therapists. Do other people find this is a problem too?? Do we need better communication and collaboration between local pet care businesses and disciplines?
I do feel that there is a general lack of connectivity between professionals working within multi-modal pain management and rehab, and part of CAMs role is to hopefully increase awareness about the benefits of working more collaboratively. Barriers to collaboration include lack of awareness, time constraints and potential negative experiences as mentioned. Accreditation of therapists with a trusted body that oversees qualifications, training and cpd will help vets to trust in the quality of care that therapists can provide alongside them. As well as selective forgetfulness I feel many vets will genuinely forget during a busy day. At CAM we are working with vet students to help raise awareness and hopefully this will trickle through in coming years. Having worked as a vet in dedicated pain management practice for 11 years I see that things are much improved in many ways from where they were 10 years ago, and we still have a long way to go, particularly in recognising chronic pain in animals, or a potential for it, early.
A first step is for those vets aware of the benefits of multimodal collaboration to talk to each other and other therapists and present a united front. In general veterinary practice speaking with nurses and receptionists is likely the way forward initially.