If you are planning to open your own veterinary practice, you know there are a variety of equipment that you need to get started. Below are three types of these equipment and tips for finding them. You can then open your doors and start treating the animals in your area.
Some equipment you will need include:
Examining tables are needed to put the animals on so you can treat them. Make sure the tables that you purchase are strong enough to hold the weight you may have. For example, a great Pyrenees can weigh up to 120 pounds. You may not put a large dog like this on the table, but you never know if you will need to.
Choose a table that is made of stainless steel. This material is very strong and sturdy and easy to disinfect and clean.
If you have a small office, there are examining tables that you can mount to the wall. When finished you can push them up so they lay flat against the wall and then pull them down when you need to examine a patient. This can save you a lot of space.
Kennels and Cages
You will have animals that will have to stay overnight at your clinic. For this reason, make sure you have enough kennels and cages. If you do not, you will have to turn animals away. Make sure the kennels and cages are in different sizes. For example, a large dog should have one that is large enough for it to move around in.
The kennels and cages should be placed in the back of your veterinary clinic. This way they will not disrupt you and people that are bringing their pets to you. Barking pets will also cause stress to the animals that you are treating in the treatment room.
If you plan to do surgery in your veterinary clinic, you know you must have the right surgical equipment. You never know if your very first patient will have to have surgery. Some tools you will need include:
- Surgical knives
- Surgical scissors
- Suture needle
Getting the Equipment
Once you write down the equipment you need there are many ways you can purchase it. There are supply companies that sell this equipment brand new. If you want to save money, however, there are companies that sell used equipment that will work just as well as the new. These companies inspect the used equipment closely to ensure everything is in perfect condition.
If you to not want to purchase anything right now, there are companies that will lease veterinary equipment to you. This will end up costing you money, however, because at the end of the lease you will either purchase the equipment at full price or give it up to the company.
Talk with some other veterinarians to see how they received their equipment and they can give you many helpful tips.