These tips can really help your veterinarian (Proceedings)

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These tips can really help your veterinarian (Proceedings)

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Nov 01, 2010

Veterinary dermatology is a relatively straight forward aspect of veterinary medicine to deal with because the diseased organ is able to be visualized and palpated by the veterinarian but also by the technician and owner. The technician can and should play an integral role in cases with skin disease. The technician can help save the doctors time as well as greatly increase client compliance. The goal of this presentation is to learn valuable techniques for helping the veterinarian deal more successfully with skin and ear cases.


Table 1 Cutaneous samples
Obviously each clinic or doctor is different in what roles they may want the technician to play. Some the areas where techs may be valuable are: setting the exam room for a derm case; weighing the patient; acquiring initial history; determining basic vital signs; take different skin samples (table one); analyzing samples and recording results; educating clients about how to properly do things for diagnostic purposes and therapy(table 2).


Table 2 Client education required
Many technicians will also do initial history questioning and examine ears. Certainly dermatology is an area where the technician can play a substantial role in helping the veterinarian better diagnose and manage a case.

Setting the exam room, Routine equipment


Table 3 Essential Equipment List
Any time a case is being presented for skin or ear disease it is likely that certain equipment will be needed in the exam room during the examination. The technician should make sure the exam room is adequately equipped so the veterinarian does not have to take time to go looking for what they need. The essential equipment includes items in table 3:

My impression of what is missing in most exam rooms are multiple clean otoscope cones so that each ear of any size can be examined with a clean cone. Also cones need to be properely cleaned prior to use. This is done by scrubbing then the cone is placed in an effective disinfectant for at least ten minutes then rinsed and allowed to dry. Another common problem is poorly charged hand held otoscopes in clinics that do not have wall mounted otoscopes.