Readers speak out on smoking and non- veterinarian owners
I am a HUGE fan of Shawn MvVey's—I've been known to spend entire days at his lectures at conferences. However, I feel his advice on smokers (January Ask Shawn) was off. Yes, I smoke. Yes, I am the office manager at my practice.
1. It is a bad, unhealthy habit. I'm just not ready to quit. Don't push, you'll just alienate me.
2.Because other employees don't manage to take their breaks is no reason to punish those who do just because you don't approve of the reason. Smokers don't get "extra breaks."3. There is no more opportunity to gossip when smoking on a break than any other time two or more employees are together. Those who walk together at lunch or go for fro-yo or hang out after work have just as much opportunity to gossip.
4. The smokers usually go together because if they go with nonsmokers they have to listen to them gripe about the smoke.
5. I have a very small pool from which to choose employees. My staff works long hard hours without much complaint. To have disqualified any of them because of a personal habit that does not affect their work would have been a disservice to the practice.
Yvonne Scott, Clearlake Veterinary Clinic, Clearlake, Calif.
Dear State Veterinary Medical Examining Board:
Kyle Palmer, CVT Practice Manager at Silver Creek Animal Clinic Silverton, Ore.