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Sandy Walsh, RVT, CVPM

Column: Getting Technical

Sandy Walsh, RVT, CVPM, is a consultant at PetOps LLC and an instructor at Patterson Veterinary University.

Sandy Walsh, RVT, CVPM, is a consultant at PetOps LLC and an instructor at Patterson Veterinary University.

The royal treatment

Getting Technical

Providing an exceptional surgery experience for patients and clients isn’t that difficult. Doing it consistently will help you stand out from the crowd.

A positive surgery outcome is important for patient care and equally important for client care. How do we achieve a positive experience for both? Through teamwide communication and consistent processes. Every employee who has contact with the client or the patient should have a clear understanding of what is involved from first touch to last. […]

Do the math

Getting Technical

Proper inventory management is more than just tracking products that come in the door and go out. Sloppy recordkeeping and poor decision making can be costly.

Inventory management is a challenge for most veterinary practices. How much is enough, and how much is too much? Managers and nurses spend a great deal of time in this area, whether tackling the job themselves or managing others who do it. Wouldn’t it be great if the efforts were rewarded? They can be by […]

The efficient practice

Getting Technical

Follow these 10 tips to better the patient and client experience and produce a more engaged and happier team.

Efficiency is something we strive for every day in practice life. But are you doing everything you can to achieve this goal? Here are some simple, commonly overlooked ways to make a big difference in the daily workflow. 1. Punctuality Everyone needs to be punctual — in the door, on the floor and ready to […]

Make surgery an exceptional experience

Getting Technical

Top-notch communication and protocols will wow clients and ensure the best possible care of their pets.

Veterinary technicians play a vital role in providing clients and patients with the ultimate surgery room experience. In fact, every employee who has contact with the client or the patient should understand what is involved from first touch to last. Surgery and anesthesia top the list of procedures that require our best effort in communication. […]

Craft a treatment plan game plan

Getting Technical

Clients are more likely to accept medical recommendations if you clearly explain the services, provide a high-end, low-end fee estimate and know how to respond to financial resistance.

Preparing and presenting treatment plans is an important part of what veterinary technicians do every day. How you handle these plans will make the difference between clients accepting your recommendations or walking out the door. Clients often have a difficult time understanding recommendations, especially if the plan involves diagnostics and procedures. It’s our job to […]

Learn drug security basics

Getting Technical

Vet techs play a key role in oversight of controlled substances.

Managing controlled substances can be a daunting task that usually falls squarely on a veterinary technician’s shoulders. Issues arise when a technician does not understand the regulations or when the hospital lacks good systems for preventing the illegal acquisition, diversion and use of controlled drugs. Federal, state and local governments regulate controlled substances. The U.S. […]

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