Improving The Veterinary Referral Process

by | 07.02.2015 | 8:58am

Your horse is colicking. Banamine and walking are not enough to quell his discomfort, so your veterinarian advises you to send your horse into a clinic, likely under the care of a specialist or other veterinarian for advanced attention, which could include surgery.

While it gives an owner comfort that the horse is receiving the best possible care, it can also create challenging situations. While all involved professionals want to do what is in the best interest of their patient, they may have differing opinion on what that may be.

Canadian veterinarians from the University of Guelph and the Ontario Veterinary College recently explored the interpersonal relationships between primary veterinarians, referral centers and clients and presented their findings at the 2015 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum.

“Research in companion animal practice has shown that referring veterinarians and specialists perceive aspects of referral care differently, including the timing and amount of communication that occurs between them,” reported The Horse staff about their presentation.

Read more at The Horse.

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