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Phone: (781) 684-8387 Fax: (781) 890-2871 180 Bear Hill Rd Ste A, Waltham, MA 02451
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The Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center of New England is a 24 hour, 7 day a week, referral and specialty veterinary medical hospital. VESCONE treats secondary and tertiary patients only and has specialists in a variety of fields including, radiology, internal medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, and emergency/critical care.
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Type of Entity
Business ManagementMs. Kelly Parkinson, Practice Manager
Number of Employees
Alternate Business NamesVESCONE
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Complaint: At first I was impressed with the care my dog was given by Dr ******, until I got the bill. I was very emotional when I picked up my dog after having a biopsy done, that I didn't pay attention carefully to the charges. I had signed a quote given from Dr.******, and was charged over $200 more. The next morning I was reviewing my bank statement and realized I had been overcharged by A LOT, so I called to question it. The receptionist that I spoke to was so unprofessional that I was taken by surprise. I'm used to my primary vet, where the staff goes about and beyond to help you, clearly that ins't the case at VESCONE. Instead of hearing me out, and listening to the clearly stated facts, she kept insisting that I was wrong. After over 15 minutes on the phone, with us going back and forth, being put on two long holds and asking to speak to a manger twice, she finally transferred me to the managers voice mail. I waited 5 hours, and I still hadn't heard back from anyone. I called again and unfortunately the same rude unprofessional receptionist answered again, she gave me another big attitude once she realized it was me calling. She claimed she was transferring me to the managers voice mail again, which I was then conveniently disconnected. I had to call back a third time just to leave another message. I heard back from the manager who was less than helpful. After days of agonizing and waiting for my dogs test results to come back they called me and informed me his results came back CANCEROUS, well not just Cancer a VERY RARE kind of cancer, they wanted me to give him radiation asap before having the tumor removed, almost $10,000 worth of radiation. Which was VERY DANGEROUS. After numerous attempts to talk to the doctor about his results, and not receiving any return phone calls, I decided to go to ****** ******** instead. They told me at ****** it's not common to do radiation BEFORE having a tumor removed. He had the tumor removed at ******. $4,000 later for having the tumor removed, and 2 days in ICU the test results came back from the tumor NON CANCEROUS!!!!!! They checked the Tumor 3 times to be sure, and each time the results came back as NON CANCEROUS. VESCONE LIED ABOUT MY DOG HAVING CANCER!!! When I called VESCONE to discuss how this could of happened, none of the doctors or staff would talk to me besides one Vet Tech. Her response was "It happens all the time". I left a message for the manager, and of course I didn't hear back.
Desired Settlement: I deserve to be refunded and compensated all the costs related to this issue.
Business Response: Hello ********, I hope that you and **** are doing well so far in 2014! I wanted to follow up on your complaint--we appreciate hearing all our clients' feedback, regardless of it being favorable or not. It helps us make changes to be better for everyone. We are truly sorry that you had this experience. It is not the experience we wanted you (or anyone) to have. As medical professionals, we do everything we can to be thorough and accurate. And as a business, we strive to give exceptional customer service and be truly supportive of our clients. I can see that we were unsuccessful in providing a stellar experience for you. Ultimately, though, the most important thing is that your dog got good care and is healthy. That's the thing that we all take to heart, so I'm glad he got what he needed. Since you have just recently filed this complaint from the initial incident in July, I would like to know if anything has happened recently, and if so, what can I do to help the situation in the immediate future? As far as your initial comments, I would love the opportunity for us to talk to you directly and answer any questions that you may have. Also, we'd like to know what we can do to rectify the situation. I know we have tried several times to contact you via phone and email (and other responses to publicly posted comments) and been unsuccessful. I also know that we did refund some of your money back in August, and that you had spoken with ***** ********* and mentioned that you appreciated her call and were feeling very emotional but better about the situation. If you would like to let me know when a good time to talk would be, that would be fantastic. Or if you'd like me to email you directly, I'd be happy to do that, as well. Please also feel free to give me a call at ************. Again, I hope 2014 is a great year for you and all those you hold close. Hoping to speak to you soon! Thanks, ******* **** Marketing Director, Massachusetts
I have reviewed the response submitted by the business and have determined that the response does not satisfy or resolve my issues and/or concerns in reference to complaint.
BBB's Final Determination: After reviewing the position of all parties, BBB determined that the business made a reasonable effort to address the complaint. However the consumer remains dissatisfied.