As a Veterinarian your job is very specialized and therefore requires specific machinery and veterinary tools. As with any medical practice, there are certain pieces of equipment that are critical to running an effective practice. What are such products?
Below are 5 must have products that will keep the animals you treat happy and healthy:
Portable Ultrasound Machine
Especially vital if you are making house calls is the portable ultrasound machine. Making house calls can greatly expand your business, and using a portable ultrasound machine will allow you to have real time results on the animals condition in order to make faster, more reliable judgements. This will help you to determine treatment options even while being away from your clinic. This is very useful during breeding seasons since it makes it much easier to check on animals that are gestating.
One of the biggest concerns of ANY vet should be the care of the animals, and an anesthesia machine will help keep them from feeling pain and suffering during a surgery or procedure. High quality anesthesia machines are recommended because the balance required for proper anesthesia is very delicate. Dosages between different humans can vary greatly, so if you think about it the difference between different types of animals can be quite dramatic! Make sure you have a reliable machine that will be able to handle four basic functions properly: Provide oxygen, mix the anesthetics properly, enable ventilation and breathing for the animal, and minimize risks by automating much of the process. Depending on the amount of surgeries you perform, this could very well become the most crucial tool that you own!
A cauterizing machine is one of the best tools you can have if you plan on doing any sort of surgery. These machines help to close off any wounds and help seal them. There are many options to go with, some as simple as a penlight laser. They certainly have their many uses, from stopping blood loss and exsanguination to closing amputations and even coagulating a superficial lesion or wound. Among the most popular types of machines are those that allow you to alter the size and tip and replace the batteries in order to keep things running smoothly for a long time.
Now this is the one area where you don't need to worry about getting a high end or fancy model. A basic stethoscope is all you need, yet it is important to get one that is specific to the veterinary field. These stethoscopes will help you listen to the lungs and hearts of animals both big and small. They are specially designed with acoustic cups to help clearly hear and diagnose your patients. You don't need to fear the quality either as these stethoscopes are made with the same standards as those used by nurses and physicians.
That's right. A calculator. It might seem like such a basic and simple tool, and it is. However As a vet you will see that you will need to constantly be using one. Much of your work involves converting measurements between lbs. and kgs, mm and cm to name a few. True, math comes naturally for many vets but sometimes its nice to have a little help. For such an important line of work, its vital to make sure all your calculations are correct. Some measuremnts can mean the difference between life and death. With that in mind, a basic calculator can be an amazing addition for ANY veterinarian.
What veterinary instruments and tools would you consider must haves? Please let us know in the comments. We would love to hear what your favorite tools are!