No matter if you’re just starting your animal-care practice clinic or moving locations, you need to invest in good equipment that will allow proper veterinary care. This is not a cheap investment, but if you invest in the right gear, it will all pay off.
Tables and other furniture
Every treatment room needs tables for the examination of pets. There are different types of tables you can choose depending on your clinic’s needs—v-top tables, hydraulic tables and lift tables—and all of them provide stability, mobility and versatility. These tables can be adjusted to accommodate all sizes of pets and for optimal access to the examined area.
All vets use IV pumps to deliver fluids, medication and different supplements to patients during treatments and surgeries. These pumps allow a practical way to control the administration of constant rate infusion that you prescribe to the patient. Proper control for a time-dependent effect of the medication is especially important for drugs with a potent and adverse clinical effect. These are cheaper IV devices some clinics choose to invest in, but pumps are the most effective, multi-use, non-disposable, available and more budget-friendly in the long run.
Vets need maximum visibility of their animal patients for accurate diagnosis and repair of damage. Luckily, lighting comes in many different options designed for medical clinics specifically. There are large surgical lights, exam lights for better concentration of illumination, headlights for hard-to-see areas and other handheld lighting tools for diagnostics. If you don’t know how to handle lighting in your particular space, you can invest in commercial fitouts created specifically for vet clinics providing you with a relaxed, professional and functional environment for you and your animal patients. These fitouts include optimal lighting for every room.
Vets need a way to see inside their patients’ bodies to make accurate diagnoses, so top-tier like veterinary ultrasounds that can scan and present images is a must-have piece of equipment. Modern ultrasound equipment that uses external cameras reduces exam time, provides better images of organs and provides maximal comfort to patients. These images can even be shared live for even better diagnostic.
Digital radiology allows vets to get quick and accurate insight into the pets’ skeletomuscular system and organs without the use of darkroom processing. These digital images can be focused, enhanced and enlarged for best diagnostics. Also, images can be saved and shared with other vets via email or cloud, which means the animal needs to spend less time in the office and dedicate more time to treatment and recovery. Digital x-rays are a necessary piece of equipment for veterinary practices no matter where you are in the world. There are different types of these digital radiology systems using different tech to acquire images, and you need to choose a model that best suits your practice’s needs and budget
Like any medical facility, your veterinary practice needs to have proper sterilization means for all your equipment and tools. Sterilization equipment is necessary for safe work, as well as the extension of life of your instruments and furniture that can otherwise be quickly worn down with fluids and chemicals. Autoclave steam sterilization ensures proper sterilization of tools, and this piece of equipment comes in many sizes. If you have a larger clinic with many employees, you can purchase a large unit to boost efficiency instead of having to wait until your smaller model sterilizes everything. There are even digital autoclave systems that provide an even faster turn-around.
All of the abovementioned tools, equipment, technologies and furniture pieces allow vets to take the best care of their patients and achieve stellar results in pet medical care. When putting together a list of necessities for your vet clinic, make sure not to overlook any of these items.