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THE VETERINARY HEALTH CARE TEAM

Small animal practice

usually refers to a veterinary hospital that treats dogs and cats

Veterinary Referral Practice

Some veterinarians choose to specialize in one aspect of an animal's care.

Large animal practitioners

Veterinarians who work exclusively with farm animals

Mixed animal practice

refers to a veterinary clinic that treats both large animals and companion animals.

Veterinary assistant (VA)

is an individual who received training on the job or through a vocational program.

Kennel aides

are trained on the job to assist in the operation of boarding kennels or veterinary hospital kennels

Veterinary Technician Specialist

Some graduates of college veterinary technician programs decide to specialize.

Veterinary technicians

Graduates of AVMA-accredited programs in veterinary technology are called.

Veterinary receptionist

duties include answering the telephone, scheduling appointments, greeting clients, filing patient records and collecting and recording payments

Veterinary practice manager (VPM)

is responsible for all business aspects of the practice

Outpatients

animals that don't require a hospital stay.

Inpatients

animals whose condition requires a hospital stay, either for the day, or overnight.

reception area

where clients are first greeted when they enter a practice, is the coordination center. Multiple activities take place here at all times: greeting clients, coordinating patient visits with surgical schedules, and taking payments.

Examination Room

The physical examination area. record the animal's temperature, pulse, and respiratory rate. Depending on the reason for the animal's visit, the veterinary assistant may restrain the animal while the veterinary technician collects blood samples or completes other tests.

surgical suite

holds the surgical table, surgical and anesthetic supplies, and equipment

Treatment Area

Here hospital ward inpatients receive medication or diagnostic procedures. Outpatients may also be brought to the treatment area for such technical procedures as bandage changes.

Grooming Area

Here you find one or more large bathing tubs, which can be mechanically elevated to spare the groomer's back and help keep the animal in the tub.

hospital ward

is the confinement area for pre- and postsurgical inpatients, and for those awaiting, undergoing, or recovering from medical treatments.

isolation area

consists of a few small, medium, and large animal cages. These cages isolate inpatients that may be infected with easily transmitted diseases.

X-ray area

equipment includes lead aprons, gloves, collars, and lead eyeglasses. The veterinary assistant often helps to restrain and position the patient during the radiographic exposure.

Darkroom

is used for developing the X-ray film.

laboratory area

is for clinical diagnostic procedures. Includes a microscope and specialized equipment for analyzing blood samples.

Employee Lounge

The veterinary practice should have an area for employees to eat lunch and take breaks.

Pharmacy

Medications and their related supplies are stored.

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