Are you opening a new veterinary clinic, or would you like to update your current instruments? You might consider a few things before getting started. Technology is advancing quickly, but if you buy without taking time to evaluate your clinic’s needs and the needs of your patients, you may be spending unnecessarily. Before you order any new veterinary equipment, you should ask yourself three questions. Let’s take a look at each one.
Which Is the Latest Tech Veterinary Equipment?
From AI to machine learning to telemedicine advances, vet tech has progressed quite a lot in the last decade. These advances affect the way veterinarians do their work, by improving diagnoses and saving time. Let’s look at some of the most important advances in the last few years.
Digital X-Ray Machines
One of the biggest changes has been in X-ray machines. Older versions were usually quite tricky to use. The professional had to spend 10 to 15 minutes processing the image, and it wasn’t as precise. However, now it is common to have digital X-ray machines, which can be directly connected to a mobile device or a computer. The result is a high definition image in much less time.
Another area that has seen improvement is monitoring pet health. This is often thanks to wireless harnesses. These devices can be worn by the patient, and don’t have wires that the dog or the cat can bite.
Due to these harnesses, veterinarians can get information 24/7 and in real time. That is a big improvement when it comes to diagnoses, because the professional would be capable of detecting any change in the patient, even during their sleep hours.
Also, with this harness you can increase the quality of your clinic, offering high quality monitoring, preventive medicine exams and the possibility of controlling your patients from home.
Can you imagine being able to see inside your patient’s body in 3D? With technology like 3D ultrasounds, this is possible. With 3D ultrasounds, veterinarians can have much more detailed information about their patient’s state, making it much easier to come to the correct conclusion about their health.
What to Consider Before Buying New Veterinary Equipment
Now that we have reviewed some of the most advanced essential tools in the veterinary sector, you might question which is the most appropriate one to buy first. Largely this depends on the needs of your clinic and on the services that you offer. This is the best way to determine if you will get a good return on your investment. However, before you make any investment, there are a few questions that can help you to make a decision.
Will It Be Relevant in a Few Years?
As mentioned in the beginning, technology is advancing quickly. It is possible to buy an advanced instrument today that becomes outdated in a few years. You need to consider if it will be beneficial in five to ten years.
Will It Be Profitable?
How can you know if a new instrument will have a good return on investment? Again, this depends on how often you use it. For example, if you don’t frequently take X-rays then buying a new digital X-ray machine would not be a good idea. On the other hand, if you have to monitor your patients quite frequently, a multiparametric harness could be quite useful.
Will It Improve Your Procedures?
Finally, you should consider if it will help you to improve your clinic’s work-flow. There are some devices that might be quite expensive, but if you estimate how many hours they can save, you will be able to determine whether or not they are a good solution. Don’t forget that it is also important to consider the quality of the results that a device offers in order to know if it will improve your services.
As we have seen, you should consider a few questions before buying new veterinarian equipment. However, it is possible that this type of investment will improve your services and procedures. And if you see that it is not profitable, you can always rent or sell the device.
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