DIY veterinary hospital hacks

DIY veterinary hospital hacks

Use these five simple solutions to redesign your practice spaces for more comfort and efficiency.
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Feb 01, 2017
By dvm360.com staff

Small changes can make a big difference in your practice. Try this collection of tiny tips to smooth your workday. 


Catify your feline exam rooms
 
We've recently completed construction on a new cat-only exam room. It's separate from the other exam rooms and built with cats in mind. There are perches built for cats on each of the exam room walls. They can climb, scratch, play and leap from one to the next, all within easy reach of pet owners and team members. We have a pheromone diffuser and music playing designed for calming cats. Of course, there are plenty of soft surfaces, treats and toys as well. Our house cat was the first to try it out, and he sure seems to be enjoying himself! (Still skeptical? Check out the video here.)

Marian Paulachak

Social Media Manager

Cary Street Veterinary Hospital
 

 

Getty ImagesUse doorbells to offer peaceful goodbyes during euthanasia

We have all dealt with the uncomfortable problem of not knowing how long to wait before going into the room when an owner is saying their last goodbye to their pet. They often say they just need a minute, but then you poke your head in and they are not ready. Instead of repeatedly interrupting their last minutes together, our clinic has found a way around this.

I purchased an inexpensive wireless doorbell for less than $20. The chime is plugged into an outlet in the treatment area. And when the patient is brought into the exam room for the owner—after having its IV catheter placed—we hand the owners the doorbell ringer and tell them to take as much time as they need and to press the button when they are ready for the doctor to come in.

This not only allows uninterrupted private time for the owner and patient but frees up team members and doctors to do other things while the owners and patient say their goodbyes.

Pamela A. Kwiatkowski, DVM, MS

Flagler Animal Hospital

Flagler Beach, Florida
 
 


 
Get crafty to organize blood pressure cuffs
 
We made a cuff holder out of clothespins and some craft materials from Michael’s. We use it to keep our blood pressure cuffs in good shape and from getting holes.  

Kiera Cardinale

VCA North Coast Animal Hospital

Encinitas, California
 


 
Keep the slip slidin' away

Sometimes stools can be quite slippery, so we use nonskid shelf liner to prevent us from slipping off our stools as we roll around our veterinary clinic. The shelf liner is reusable and easy to clean, and we cut it to fit each stool. This quick trick has saved us from many near mishaps during procedures.

Haylee Huston, hospital manager

Boise Cat Clinic in Boise, Idaho

 
Outline your X-ray pedal with glow-in-the-dark tape
 
It’s always a struggle finding the X-ray pedal in the dark, especially when you’re in a hurry while the animal is holding still. I recently bought glow-in-the-dark tape and outlined the pedal. It works amazingly well and we no longer struggle taking radiographs in the dark.

Marissa Hofstetter, DVM

Orrville Veterinary Clinic

Orrville, Ohio