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THE VETERINARY HEALTH CARE TEAM

THE VETERINARY HEALTH CARE TEAM
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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.