5 Essential Tools for Every Veterinary Practice Pet Care by Mark Parker - May 4, 20210 Did you know that 67% of US households have a pet? At this point, they’re not just pets, they’re family members and they make up a substantial percentage of our population. Considering how much we rely on these creatures for comfort, friendship, and general companionship, they deserve the best health care possible. This means that if you’re running a veterinary practice, it’s important to stock the appropriate equipment for every patient. While the equipment will vary depending on the animal cared for, certain essentials are useful for every species. So if you what to know the equipment needed when starting a vet practice, read on! Veterinary Thermometer Some traditional glass and mercury thermometers are available for animal use, although breakage is a risk. They must also be cleaned between patients. Some digital thermometers are specifically designed for animal use. One advantage to a digital thermometer is they come with disposable covers to prevent cross-infection. This way you won’t have to clean the thermometer as much between patients. The average digital thermometer ranges from 32.0 C to about 44 C (which is about 90 F – 111.9 F). The thermometer produces a quiet beep, that avoids upsetting the patient. Animal PCR Test When running an animal hospital, using cultures for a diagnosis takes a long time and can often result in false negatives. PCR technology is now replacing cultures, using DNA from microbes to get fast, accurate results. Traditional cultures prolong the diagnostic process and subsequent misery of patients. They can also be incredibly expensive. An animal PCR test saves money and valuable time. At the very least this can get the patient on the road to recovery faster. At best it can save lives! Animal Ultrasound Scanner Diagnostic imaging allows vets to see clear images within the body of an animal while remaining non-invasive. An ultrasound system can help diagnose pregnancy and some injuries in every species. New ultrasound veterinary technology reduces exam time and creates a more in-depth picture of the body’s system in real-time. If your hospital also involves home visits, a portable ultrasound machine might be useful as well. Digital X-Ray Machine The less time your patient spends at the hospital and the more time they spend at home, the more successful your veterinary medicine practice is. The proper diagnostic equipment is key. A digital radiography machine can give a clear picture of muscles, organs, and bones without the hassle of a film room. These images are very clear and allow the technicians to spot small details which can mean the difference between an accurate diagnosis and an inaccurate one. Veterinary Stethoscope Stethoscopes, the classic doctor’s tool, are no less vital in the animal medicine field. However, a vet requires a specialized stethoscope. A veterinary stethoscope is small and lightweight with a sensitive diaphragm bell. The diaphragm bell is the piece that picks up sound. It’s the most important part when working with animals because it has to get through extra fur to hear delicate sounds in small animals. Upgrade Your Veterinary Practice Today! If you’re thinking of starting a veterinary practice, or you already run one, remember that the equipment you choose can save lives and keep treasured family members healthy. The proper diagnostic equipment is the key to a quick recovery and a loyal customer and happy patient. If you enjoyed this content about veterinary technology, your sure to enjoy our other posts so check out our blog for more animal advice!