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6 Must-Have Items for Your Vet Clinic

6 must have items for your vet clinic

Your veterinary practice is much more than your bread and butter —it's your passion. As such, you want everything in your practice to operate as smoothly as possible to make sure every bark, meow, chirp, and squeak gets the individual attention it deserves.

One of the keys to a smooth-running veterinary practice is having a good stock of the essential supplies you need in your day-to-day operations. You don't want to run out of something important right in the middle of a procedure. You can always have the supplies you need on hand by making sure your supply closet is fully stocked with the essentials.

Here are several must-have items that your veterinary practice simply can't do without.

Medical Waste Receptacles and Biohazard Waste Liners

Medical waste is not something to be taken lightly. According to the EPA, the collection and disposal of medical waste is highly regulated by a number of agencies including the CDC, OSHA, the FDA, as well as various state agencies.

Considering the strict guidelines on medical waste and the potential public health hazards of improper collection and disposal, it's definitely something you want to get right. And to do that you need the right equipment.

A stainless steel foot-operated medical waste receptacle is the best type of container for the job. The pedal allows you to open the lid without using your hands, protecting you from contracting something from the medical waste. The stainless steel construction is both easy to clean and durable.

For small exam rooms, 7 gallon cans are a good option. For high traffic areas — 24 gallon or 40 gallon cans are preferable.

Medical waste receptacles should be lined with yellow or red biohazard waste liners marked with the biohazard symbol so there is no mistaking what they contain. Biohazard waste liners are available in a variety of sizes.

Sharps Disposal Containers

Used IV needles and syringes are another form of biohazard that must be properly addressed. But you can't just throw these items in a trash can. They must be placed in a special container — a sharps container.

A lockable wall-mounted sharps container is ideal for protecting the contents until they can be properly and safely disposed of. For those who are looking for the ultimate in convenience, a disposal by mail system is also available.

Disposable Exam Gloves

Having an adequate supply of disposable exam gloves to protect your skin during exams and procedures is vital for the prevention of communicable diseases.

Latex exam gloves are the most common. These gloves are powdered so they easily slip on your hands. Powder-free gloves are also available – the absence of powder allows you to use gloves without worrying about getting powder all over you, your clothes, and everything in your office.

For those with latex allergies, vinyl exam gloves are a great option.

Absorbent Pads

Having an ample supply of absorbent pads is the best way to be prepared for those inevitable messy situations that happen in veterinary treatment. These pads allow you to quickly absorb and dispose of all manner of fluids in a safe way.

Dog and Cat Treats

Keeping a variety of treats on hand is a great way to calm anxious patients. Treats can also be used to reward good behavior.

Dry dog biscuits are always a hit. They are easy to store and stay fresh longer than other treats.

For cats, a variety pack of assorted flavors gives you several great choices for those finicky felines.

Disinfectant Cleaning Supplies

Let's face it — treating animals is often messy. In addition to dealing with injuries and illnesses, you also have to deal with the occasional “bathroom” accident in your office.

Maintaining a clean office is vital for continued success. In addition to the obvious health benefits (for both people and animals), maintaining a clean environment also looks professional — and that can help you grow your clientele and enjoy repeat business.

Medical disinfectant wipes are ideal for those times when you need to quickly wipe something down.

Disinfectant sprays allow you to cover large areas. A spray bottle in each room lets you quickly handle messy situations. Refills are available.

Don't Get Caught Without the Essentials

Maintaining a well-stocked supply closet ensures you can continue doing what you do best without interruption — being a great veterinarian. It means you can give your patients the attention they deserve without having to worry about running out of something important when you need it.

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