Practice management systems for today’s veterinary nurse
Sunday, July 1, 2012
The fundamental purpose of a veterinary practice has remained essentially the same, but the modern practice is more complex than was the case in previous years. While pets are still seen, checked and treated as they always were, veterinary medicine is now heavily dependent on previously unavailable technology such as x-rays, magnetic resonance images and ultrasounds that require more apparatus, more coordination and more expertise. The institution of practice management, therefore, has had to adapt accordingly to keep up with these changes and dedicated practice management systems are now a truly indispensable part of the operation and administration of veterinary practice. It is necessary for veterinary nurses (and, indeed, all practice staff) to understand the role and capabilities of practice management systems and how this relates to their duties. In light of the ever-increasing complexity of modern veterinary technology, the industry-wide trend towards utilization of computing systems and the continually escalating demand on veterinary practices, the ultimate objective of all veterinary practice — the welfare of the patients — now depends on practice management systems more than ever.
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