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What will you do if you are working for a vet that only allots 15 minutes for routine visits/physical exams?
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Do you think a 100 lb. Labrador Retriever will have the patience to sit through an hour long vet appointment? There are several reasons why a veterinarian would try to keep visits short and quick. One reason is revenue: you can see more clients in a day if you keep the exams short. If you work for a corporate chain, this could be a company standard. When you think about performing your duties within a 15 minute time frame, keep in mind that the goal is efficiency, not speed. If you rush through an exam, you're not providing quality care and you are more prone to mistakes. A great response to this question would be, "I am thorough, completing patient paperwork and assessing the animal, keeping them calm during the process. It will take practice, but I feel confident that I can fulfill my duties if I am focused and aware of the time." Yes, it will be difficult, but practice, your accuracy and speed will improve!
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"I am thorough, completing patient paperwork and assessing the animal, keeping them calm during the process. It will take practice, but I feel confident that I can fulfill my duties if I am focused and aware of the time."

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User-Submitted Answers

What will you do if you are working for a vet that only allots 15 minutes for routine visits/physical exams?
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Prep all equipment and have everything ready to go so vet can use entire 15min on pt.
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In this instance, it seems that preparation would be the utmost importance to keep the clinic running smoothly. For example, background information about the visit would be needed to be obtained before hand by receptionists, vaccines prepared before and a quick foot would be needed!
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Prepare all of the necessary equipment needed by the veterinarian for the appointment, and also know the background of the animal and chief complaint before it comes in so I will be prepared to do my history taking and physical exam for the vet.
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I dont feel that is enough time. Patients rushed through an exam wont get the attention they need. I would suggest adding another Dr to the practice. But preparation for the Dr would be key.
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Prep all equipment and have everything ready to go so vet can use entire 15min on pt.
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Do the best examination and questioning I can in the time given.
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Do the best I can with examination and asking straight to the point questions.
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I would prep all the equipment and have everything ready for the Vet so he can use the 15 minutes performing the exam, while I talk to the owner and get an efficient history,
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I would do the physical exam as quickly as I could, but not so quickly that I'm not doing a good job. I think 15 minutes is acceptable and do-able. I would try multitasking and asking the owner about the animal's history while doing the physical exam.
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Get vaccinations ready ahead of time, get a quick medical history and assist veterinarian from the beginning to end of appointment.
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I would make sure everything he or she needs is available in the room before he walks in and I do my job by obtaining a complete history.
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Do the best of my abilities to get the exam or visit done.
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Do the best of my abilities to get the exam or visit done.
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Find a way to improve my speed while maintaining my efficiency.
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I would do what needed to be done as quickly and efficiently as I could without compromising the health of the patient and not hesitate to ask for help.
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Gather all supplies and have them ready for the veterinarian, take vitals and do an overall exam of the patient before the doctor goes into the room to see if their are any questions or concerns from the client about the patient.
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Do my best in the time allowed.
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Whatever I am asked to do.
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Work fast to be able to assist vet where needed. Ask for help if required.
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I would get everything done within them 15 minutes.
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Make the most of the time, and be there if they need anything right away.
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I imagine I have to work efficiently to ensure that the 15 minute guidelines are stuck to.
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I will work hard to make the 15 minutes time frame.
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Have everything ready in advance that I can, for example have Vxs drawn up, get history as fast as possible and get the doctor into the room as soon as possible. I would also see if I could talk to the staff and try to get bigger time slots just incase a routine exam turns into more lab tests or x-rays or things like that.
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Try to beat that time by 2-3 minutes because the Vet would have never asked for that time if it was not a possibility.
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The main thing to do is to get a history from the client since the last time the pet was seen, get a weight if not already done, and get a heart rate and temperature before sending the vet in with any information you think they may need.