If you are starting out in private practice as a veterinarian, you know there are many steps in the process of setting up a well-equipped office. Most new veterinarians have a long list of items that they need to procure in order to set up shop. Making a list is an organized way to go about the process because you can check off what you have and take note of what you still need to get. Look at five important items to include on your list.
Sturdy Exam Tables
Whether you are examining a chihuahua with a persistent cough or listening to the heartbeat of a German shepherd, you need a sturdy exam table to work on. Your exam tables should be able to support dogs of all sizes. Also, each table should have a non-slip surface so a dog will feel secure as it’s being checked out. This can be a rubber surface or one with a texture that keeps a dog’s feet in place. In addition, look for an exam table that is easy to clean. Most dogs have dirty paws and you may have to clean up an accident or two on your table. Try to find a table with an adjustable height so you position it in the most comfortable way for an exam.
A Supply of Medicines
A veterinarian must make arrangements to have medicines on hand that his or her patients will need. Today, vets can buy cat vaccines online to make the process of stocking up even easier. Of course, along with an inventory of medicines, you need to have the proper storage for them. Keep in mind that many medicines for animals need to be kept in a refrigerator in order to maintain their potency. The refrigerator doesn’t have to be large, but it does have to hold its temperature.
Basic Medical Equipment
A veterinarian’s office has a lot of the same equipment as a doctor’s office for humans. A stethoscope, a light to look into an animal’s eyes, a scale and blood pressure cuffs are a few examples. These are typical items of equipment for veterinarians who treat small animals such as cats, dogs, birds, fish and rabbits. Of course, other more specialized equipment is necessary for veterinarians who specialize in treating cancer or other specific diseases. So, your list of equipment you’re your office may be different from another veterinarian’s.
Cages with Secure Latches
Chances are, you may need to keep a few patients overnight. Sometimes it becomes necessary if a cat or dog has surgery and needs to be monitored. Or, perhaps you are treating a dog or cat that’s been hit by a car and has suffered a broken leg. The animal may need to stay overnight for observation. A collection of clean cages is necessary for patients staying overnight. Each cage must be appropriate in size for the animal inside it as well as have a sturdy latch to keep the animal from escaping and hurting itself.
A supply of quality cleaning supplies is a must-have for any veterinarian’s office. These supplies are used to clean floors, exam tables, cages, sinks, door handles and other areas of the office. A clean, well-kept veterinary office helps prevent bacteria and germs from spreading between animals who are visiting the facility. Some items to go with a collection of cleaning solutions includes sponges, mops, soft cloths, scrub brushes and rubber gloves.
Lastly, making a list of items you need for your practice is an effective way to make sure you are well-stocked when you open your doors to patients. You may want to ask the advice of a successful vet in the area to find out what he or she started with to ensure you are remembering everything you need to purchase.