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Old 12-28-2015, 02:19 PM
 
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But the "vibe" of a veterinary practice to me feels inherently more intimate and informal, since they're dealing with your pets. The interaction is very friendly and folksy. And that he's around my age to me makes the formality feel a bit unnatural.
No offense... just my 2 cents.

How would you call your kid's pediatrician? I think you should address your Vets the same way.
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Old 12-28-2015, 03:45 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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No offense... just my 2 cents.

How would you call your kid's pediatrician? I think you should address your Vets the same way.
None taken--and funny enough, I thought of that too after I posted. I haven't been to a pediatrician's office in about 35 years (other than to hand out candy-flavored cigarettes), but I know they wear crazy ties and act all goofy. Or so I hear. But yeah, it was always Dr. X growing up.

Honestly, I'm more than happy to call our vet Dr. Doghealer. He's the best vet in the world. It's the "Mr. Tonian" in response that throws me. But I'll get over it.
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Old 12-28-2015, 06:08 PM
 
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Carl,

Ask Mrs. Tonian to fly you to Paris for New Year's and stay awhile. Everyone over the age of about 20 is addressed as "Monsieur" or "Madame" unless they are good friends meeting socially. Not using these titles (e.g., saying simply "Bonjour" to a shop clerk instead of "Bonjour, Madame/Monsieur") would be seen as rude. It could get you accustomed to being called "Sir" back home.

Your friend,
Dub
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Old 12-28-2015, 06:47 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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Carl,

Ask Mrs. Tonian to fly you to Paris for New Year's and stay awhile. Everyone over the age of about 20 is addressed as "Monsieur" or "Madame" unless they are good friends meeting socially. Not using these titles (e.g., saying simply "Bonjour" to a shop clerk instead of "Bonjour, Madame/Monsieur") would be seen as rude. It could get you accustomed to being called "Sir" back home.

Your friend,
Dub
Madame Doube: Don't go giving Mrs. Tonian any ideas! I would surely accrue the second arrest of my lifetime, for fashioning le Fromage (through the wrapper) into X-rated shapes for her amusement. I believe that's what they call an amuse bouche.
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Old 12-28-2015, 06:55 PM
 
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(I'll post this here in the NoVA Forum on the reasoning that there are regional differences in etiquette, and there is no manners forum on City-Data.)

Thanks for any thoughts.
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I'm not a vet but have a doctorate and am female. "
I'm also a female with a doctorate. All of my docs address me by my first name when talking to me. When they are talking to someone about me they use the title Mrs. or sometimes Ms. An example: "I'm ordering this test for Ms./Mrs. __".

I use Dr. Surname when speaking to all doctors who are treating me or my companion animals. I use it with CNP's because they are treating me in the capacity of a physician. I don't expect "Dr." in return because I am coming to them for their professional skills; they're not seeking me out for my profession.

I'm not located in NoVa but saw this post as "latest" while scrolling. I would really enjoy a manners forum!
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Old 12-28-2015, 07:50 PM
 
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Madame Doube: Don't go giving Mrs. Tonian any ideas! I would surely accrue the second arrest of my lifetime, for fashioning le Fromage (through the wrapper) into X-rated shapes for her amusement. I believe that's what they call an amuse bouche.
Le Ha! Le Ha! Too bad I have to spread it around before I can rep you again!
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Old 12-29-2015, 07:24 AM
 
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I use Doc/Doctor Surname with all doctors I visit professionally depending on how comfortable I am with them. If I would call them Mr., Ms. or Mrs. in a social situation and I knew they were a doctor or some sort then I would use Dr. If it's a backyard barbecue then you better believe it's Jack/Diane/whatever.
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Old 12-29-2015, 07:43 AM
 
Location: West Hollywood, CA from Arlington, VA
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Didn't you work/still work for a DOD Agency? Shouldn't you be used to the formality...


And how is this thread three pages...
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Old 12-29-2015, 08:05 AM
 
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I think because it's a different topic than what normally pops up here.
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Old 12-29-2015, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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Didn't you work/still work for a DOD Agency? Shouldn't you be used to the formality...


And how is this thread three pages...
Because people are responding. Yourself included.

What does work for DOD have to do with the tea in China? I work for a federal agency and almost without exception we're all on a first name basis with the exception of the director. I'll extend the courtesy of using a title in certain circumstances but it doesn't happen often.
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