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April 12, 2022

You’re gonna wanna bookmark this: Our guide to useful veterinary resources

Dr. Michelle Clancy

Words by:

Michelle Clancy — Associate IndeVet

A mentor once told me, “Your clients will only comprehend 25% of what you tell them, so make your words count.”

They also told me, “You don’t have to be the smartest veterinarian, you just need to know where and how to efficiently find information.”

What that mentor failed to mention is that you only have 5, maybe 10 minutes max, to convey vital, and sometimes devastating, information to a pet parent.

For this reason, utilizing well-written and vetted (pun intended) client handouts will elevate the care a pet may receive — because owner understanding and compliance is an integral part of pet health.

Oh, and did I mention, this could potentially free up some of your time to do those callbacks, drop-off/boarding appointments, or heaven forbid eat something and take a bathroom break!

Handouts to augment client visits

Don’t get me wrong, these handouts/websites are not meant to replace your facetime with clients, as that would come across as sterile and uncouth, but they will echo and expand upon topics you briefly mentioned during the visit.

I, as well as many of my IndeVet colleagues, commonly include some of the following links in wellness report cards I send home when working general practice or discharge instructions when working an emergency shift.

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General pet care resources

Vaccines resources

Nutrition resources

All things cat (because they’re their own entity)

Behaviorial resources

More from Dr. Clancy: How to answer the dreaded question: What would you do if this were YOUR pet?

Disease/condition specific resources

Bonus tip:  if you use Google Chrome you can translate any website into different languages!  (To do so: right click and choose “translate to English.” Then click the 3 vertical dots and select “Choose another launguage.”)

In closing

I hope these resources are helpful to you in your daily work! Have an additional resource you’d like to see added? Drop us a note and let us know.

Michelle Clancy, DVM, MPA is an Associate IndeVet practicing in Virginia.

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