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Is there an (animal) doctor in the house?

I'm trying to figure out what it would be like to work behind-the-scenes at an emergency vet hospital -- specifically, if I had one of my characters working there and his co-workers were harassing him. Is it plausible he'd have a locker they could screw around with if the place were big enough? Might there be a shower so people don't have to go home with animal stink on them?

The two sources I'm currently considering are 1. firsthand knowledge -- a good friend was a vet tech but it was a small place, so there were no lockers or showers there and 2. online, I found a schematic of a vet bathroom that was supposed to demonstrate its handicap-accessibility, but it also demonstrated that there was a shower there!

We have lockers at my day job where there are only 20 employees, so I imagine it's within the realm of possibility they would have lockers in a big emergency vet in inner city Milwaukee.

You know you're in the boonies when no one locks their locker, and one guy just puts chocolate in his for everyone to take, and we leave dollar bills behind when we eat the candy. We're not that Andy Griffith with the public areas of the library; one co-worker did have her credit card stolen from her purse, which was under her desk and accessible to some knucklehead's greedy hands.



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May. 3rd, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
I asked my mother, who volunteered at the ASPCA hospital in NYC. According to her, there are locker rooms for volunteers, male staff, and female staff. She's only seen the volunteer locker room, and said it had lockers and one wheelchair accessible shower off to the side, to be used by both men and women. So yes, locker rooms and showers are a go, and are probably even more elaborate in a bigger hospital, and one for staff instead of volunteers.
May. 3rd, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's absolutely perfect! Thanks!
May. 3rd, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
I can't imagine living in a place where people are so honest! I've had my purse stolen once, my wallet taken out of my purse twice and had someone take off my registration tag on my car! And I live in a sleepy little town in California! I'm much more careful now, always aware, and I'm sure to lock my doors every night.

Good luck on the research!
May. 3rd, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
I moved here from inner-city Chicago so it was a bit of a culture shock. I joke that if you lose your wallet, whoever finds it will add some money to it before they return it if it looks too thin.

We'd never leave anything too tempting around the public areas, but luckily Hip Hop CDs are the only thing getting stolen so far. (And we're pretty sure we know which little dweeb is doing it, too.)
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