The industry is evolving, with Veterinarians seeking jobs that can provide state-of-the-art equipment and opportunities for growth. We know… new equipment is an investment! However, it’s important to remember that upgraded equipment means new services for your clients, which means increased revenue streams for your business!
That said, it is important to choose the right equipment for you and to always consider your return on investment. To help, we asked our National Facilities and Equipment Manager to break down the top three types of equipment Veterinarians look for in a hospital.
1. Dental Equipment
If you are introducing equipment to your hospital for the first time, we recommend starting with dental equipment. Dental procedures are so common that dental is becoming a standard training for DVM students, which means it won’t limit your candidate pool regarding their skill set. Luckily, you can expect a high return on your investment with dental equipment as it allows your business to offer new services, you can perform them efficiently and you attract strong DVM candidates.
Tip: Dental equipment is standardized, which reduces the personal preference factor (i.e., most high-speed drills work the same across the industry). However, there are various dental equipment and tools to choose from: drills, scalers, hand tools, etc. We suggest prioritizing high speed dental units because they allow for efficiency and, therefore, more procedures!
Next, consider investing in ultrasound. Unlike dental equipment, there are many different types of ultrasounds to choose from, and Veterinarians usually have a preference. Use this as an opportunity to go above and beyond in supporting your DVMs standard of care by bringing in a few ultrasounds for them to try, and then consider cost. Ultrasound services may not be as common as dental services, but they allow DVMs to grow their skillset and increase their production. Plus, with the right pricing ultrasounds can have a fast pay-off.
Last, but certainly not least, lasers are a great type of equipment to invest in if you want to set your clinic apart from the rest. Now more than ever, DVMs are choosing opportunities to work with lasers because they know they can grow specialty skills that can result in higher production.
Tip: Therapy lasers, cold lasers and surgical lasers can be an especially high investment, but keep in mind they are used for high-end services that result in a high return. Consider your DVM’s skillsets, your client base and your return on investment to choose the right laser for your hospital.
Although we recommend investing in equipment of any level, it’s helpful to have a Team Member dedicated to purchasing and managing the equipment. Every clinic is unique, and what may work for your colleague may not be what works for your clinic. Our National Facilities and Equipment Manager, Steve Jones, supports 150+ hospitals, each with different types of equipment. “What’s important is that you are supporting your DVM’s standard of care,” noted Jones. Veterinarians want to know they will have clinical autonomy and the ability to thrive in their career and equipment has become a catalyst to help them do so.
Are you a Veterinarian looking for opportunities in top-notch facilities with state-of-the-art equipment? Check out our commitment to hospital innovation and start the conversation today!