Workplace Attire & Appearance at Veterinary Hospitals

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Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson will go over some important points related to the need for professional appearance and attire in a veterinary hospital as well as some details as what you can commonly expect with respect to dress code.

Proper Appearance and Attire

Construction workers need hard hats. Police officers wear badges. And rescue divers wear wetsuits. Every profession has its necessary attire. Some of the attire serves a specific function, and other kinds of attire are simply protocol.

The same thing happens in veterinary practice where you may have to wear clothing of different color, material, and even function in order to do your job. So, let's take a look at the proper professional appearance and attire at a typical veterinary clinic.

Proper Appearance

I have yet to see a uniformed police officer with a colorful Mohawk. Most of them have a clean cut look. That's the proper appearance for a police officer.

There's also a proper appearance for a member of the veterinary medical team. There are several main reasons such an appearance must be upheld.

The first one is professionalism. Let's play a game where I give you two choices and you tell me which scenario exudes more professionalism, the competence, skill, and trustworthiness of a professional as opposed to an amateur.

In the first scenario, you walk into a doctor's office. The doctor is wearing dress shoes, dress pants, a dress shirt, and tie with a white coat over that. He's got a clean cut look. In the other scenario, you walk into a doctor's office who is dressed in shorts, flip flops, a Hawaiian shirt, and has a 6 month old beard on him.

Obviously, the first scenario exudes more professionalism. A few people would choose the latter doctor but they would be in the minority solely based on appearance.

The second reason proper appearance is important is cleanliness. Again, in the first scenario the doctor who is treating you has clean hands and short fingernails. In the second one, the doctor has long fingernails with lots of disgusting black gunk underneath them. Who would you want using their hands to examine you? I'd think it would be the one with short fingernails.

And finally, proper appearance has to do with safety. In some cases, you will be asked to dress a certain way to keep yourself safe. For example, you will need to wear special protective clothing, masks, and gloves when treating patients located in an isolation ward of a hospital.

The isolation ward is a room in a hospital that contains cages, equipment, and medical supplies used to treat animals that have a contagious disease.

Safety goes beyond this. For example, wearing loose hanging jewelry can be dangerous as animals can pull on these and rip them off. Looped earrings can be ripped right out of the ear by an animal's claws.

While every clinic will have their own particular appearance section in the dress code, I'll outline some components you may find that relate to professional appearance now:

  • Your skin and hair must be clean and neatly groomed. That means regular bathing must occur. Any cologne or perfumes should be very light and not distracting. No extreme hairstyles are allowed and dying of the hair with extreme colors is almost always prohibited.
  • Fingernails should be clean, preferably cut short, or well-maintained if they are long. Artificial nails may or may not be allowed, depending on where you work.
  • Depending on your clinic, tattoos may need to be covered up to the fullest extent possible. This usually means wearing things like long sleeves when necessary. This is doubly true if the tattoos are offensive in any way. It will be at your employer's discretion to decide what is and isn't offensive.
  • It may also be the case that no body piercing should be visible other than up to two matching pairs on each ear lobe.

Proper Attire

Obviously proper attire and appearance go hand in hand. They're pretty much inseparable but I've decided to separate out the clothing and jewelry portion of this lesson into a bit more detail.

Proper clothing is worn for the same reasons as we just went over: professionalism, cleanliness, and safety. Our clean cut looking doctor was also wearing professional clothing. All together, that gave him a professional look.

Clothing such as scrubs and white coats are also worn because they're easily changed and cleaned. This improves patient health and safety by minimizing transfer of contagious material if one set of clothing is dirty.

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