Veterinarian: Tools of the Trade
- Medical equipment - Veterinarians use many of the same tools that medical doctors that work on people do. These include stethoscopes, surgical instruments, and diagnostic equipment (x-ray machines, ultrasound equipment, etc.).
- Veterinary medicine journals - The field is constantly evolving with new discoveries and new ways to perform procedures. Vets are required to keep up with this info, and many find that new ways to do things translates to less pain for animal patients, less cost, or faster procedures.
- Antiseptic - Anti-bacterial soaps and other antiseptics are important for surgery - and also for the doctor and staff. Scratches and bites are commonplace in the vet's office, unfortunately.
- Office equipment - Vet offices need the same charts, filing cabinets, computer programs, fax machines, etc. that doctor's offices need.
- Medications - Vet offices usually have prescription and non-prescription meds available at the office for client purchase (there are no animal pharmacies!). Vets also need to have sufficient supplies of vaccines and medications for everyday use on hand. An extensive knowledge of medicines, interactions, and side effects are part of the veterinarian's training, and such knowledge must be kept up to date as the field evolves.