Veterinarians use many of the same machines that physicians use on humans every day, adapted to the needs of their animal patients. Veterinarians need to purchase a wide range of medical machines in order run their practices. If you’re planning to set up your own veterinary clinic, you need to buy different types of veterinary equipment. They can be categorized into four main types:
The type of anesthesia a veterinarian will administer depends on the procedure to be performed. A patient may have light anesthesia injected through a syringe or receive anesthesia gas from either a re-breathing or non-rebreathing anesthesia system. Re-breathing anesthesia machines are used for animals who weigh more than 10 pounds whereas non-rebreathing machines are ideal for small animals.
Just like all other equipment used by vets, surgical tools too are quite similar to those found in a operation theater. Forceps are widely used by veterinarians to remove tissue and foreign objects from the animal’s body and scissors are used as a cutting instrument during surgery and suturing. Specialized steel scalpel is used to slice through the hard skin of the animals. Laser scalpels and electro-surgery probes can cauterize wounds.
Veterinarians use X-Ray equipment to diagnose fractures and identify gall stones, tumors and other foreign objects. A light anesthetic or sedative is occasionally used to ensure the patient remains motionless during the X-Ray. Digital X-Ray technology is widely used nowadays as it can save images to disks for portability and ease of viewing and analysis.
Veterinary ultrasound equipment is used for imaging the internal organs without making an incision. Ultrasound equipment directs sound waves to an organ and the reflection of the sound waves creates an image on a screen. If the patient is anxious, the veterinarians might also have to administer general anesthesia before they carry out the procedure.