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Veterinary Treatment Room Instruments & Equipment

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  • 00:01 Treatment Room Equipment
  • 00:35 Large Equipment & Restraint
  • 3:08 Instruments & Supplies
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Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson will showcase the wide variety of instruments, equipment, and supplies that can be found in a veterinary hospital's treatment room and what they're used for.

Treatment Room Equipment

One of the busiest places in the veterinary hospital is the treatment room, a room or area in the hospital where some relatively minor diagnostic and treatment procedures will occur. In some veterinary hospitals, certain minor procedures may actually be performed in the exam room, but other hospitals have policies stating that any and all procedures, even if they're minor, are performed in the treatment area only.

The treatment room contains an enormous amount of supplies, equipment, and instruments. We won't be able to cover all of them here, by any means, but this lesson will give you a nice overview of the wide variety of things found in this place.

Large Equipment & Restraint

Let's begin our exploration of things you'll find in the treatment room.

Somewhere in the treatment room, there will be at least one treatment table. Some treatment tables are simply that - a medical steel table where an animal will be placed for diagnostics and minor procedures. Other treatment tables, called wet treatment tables, combine a table with a drain tub and a faucet. Such tables can be used for dental procedures and other treatments where water or other liquids are involved and need to be flushed away. In some cases, a separate bathing sink is located in the treatment room as well. And so, near the wet treatment tables, you'll see dental instruments such as scalers, polishers, and the like.

The treatment room will also have a refrigerator. This should not be the same fridge where your food is kept! It should be used to store medication and biological samples only.

Somewhere in the treatment room, there will be the all-important muzzles. Muzzles are devices placed over an animal's mouth to prevent it from biting. Muzzles must be placed securely over any animal as some pets are very good at taking them off! You may also need to use restraint gloves when holding an animal for treatment. These are really thick gloves that help protect you from the scratches and bites cats can inflict.

Lying in a cabinet or hanging somewhere on a wall there will be e-collars, that is to say, Elizabethan collars. They're named for the once-fashionable ruffs worn by men and women in the Elizabethan era. I sort of doubt pets consider these 'fashionable' and most really, really don't like wearing them. But we have to use them because pets are like kids and simply don't listen to instructions not to do something. E-collars help prevent an animal from scratching or rubbing its face or, conversely, from licking or biting its body if something bothers them, like an incision site.

You should also familiarize yourself with the location of the rabies capture pole. It sort-of is what it sounds like. In cases where animals are suspected of having rabies, you'll want to keep your distance since rabies is transmitted by biting. This pole is sometimes used in instances where a potentially very dangerous animal is brought into the clinic, one that cannot be handled in any other way for everyone's safety.

Instruments and Supplies

There's so much more you'll find in this part of the veterinary hospital. There will be brushes, regular combs, clippers, clipper guards, matt splitters, as well as flea combs, combs that help spot the presence of fleas on animals. Los of bandaging equipment will be found in cabinets or drawers. This includes bandage scissors and gauze rolls.

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