6 Benefits of Seeking Expert Advice for Veterinary Diagnostics

If you've ever looked at a patient's diagnostic results and weren't quite sure what it all meant, you're not alone. Many veterinarians have been in situations where either multiple differential diagnoses are possible or diagnostic results don't provide a clear answer.

Some of the most confounding situations include patients who test positive for Lyme disease but show no clinical signs, constantly itchy pets (despite multiple diagnostics), and patients with complex endocrine disorders, such as Addison's or Cushing's disease.

With the help of expert advice, you don't have to go at it alone. You can easily reach out to veterinary specialists consulting for your reference laboratory. There are many benefits to collaborating — here are six of the most important to you, your patients, and your clients.

1. You Can Reach a Diagnosis with Less Effort

Leafing through reference books and searching the internet to eliminate differential diagnoses takes time and effort. Instead of researching between each appointment, you can pick up the phone and let the team of experts help you be more efficient in your work.

2. You Can Feel More Confident About Your Diagnosis and Plan

Your clients trust you to help them make the best decisions for their pets. When you receive confusing diagnostic results, that pressure can be overwhelming. But when you confer with veterinary specialists, your diagnosis and recommendations are based on collective experience and expertise. When you present your diagnosis and plan more confidently, your client may be more likely to follow your recommendations.

With an accurate diagnosis, you can confidently move on to the next steps. Whether that includes additional diagnostics or treatment, speed is key. The faster you move forward, the faster your patient is likely to improve.

3. You Can Cut Down on Stress

Stress is one of the top issues veterinarians face on a daily basis, according to the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Wellbeing Study. Feeling like you have to reach an accurate diagnosis for each pet on your own can be stressful; however, expert advice can help to reduce your diagnostic-related anxiety. The time and effort you save on researching and agonizing over a diagnosis will also decrease stress and negative feelings in your day-to-day.

4. Your Patients Will Enjoy Better Health

Faster, more accurate diagnoses translate to better overall health for your patients. When you feel sick, you want to receive treatment as soon as possible, so you can recover and move forward. Your patients and their owners want the same, so they can continue living their lives to the fullest.

5. Your Practice Could Bring in More Revenue

A clearer understanding of the next steps needed may lead to follow-up tests you may not have considered without expert guidance. Additional testing means more revenue for your practice. Clients will also be more likely to stick with your practice, rather than going elsewhere for a second opinion, when you quickly reach an accurate diagnosis.

6. Informed Care Can Lead to Better Patient Outcomes and Client Satisfaction

When you present a confident diagnosis and prescribe treatments faster, your clients will see the difference that makes in their pet's care. Although not all diagnoses lead to a cure, your clients will appreciate accurate answers as well as your informed guidance about how to move forward to provide the best outcomes for their pets.

Expert advice can help you, your patients, and your bottom line. Have questions about specific diagnostic results? Reach out to an expert by phone — think of them as an extension of your practice, helping you reach an accurate diagnosis quickly.

You have enough to do in your practice; don't struggle with difficult diagnostics alone. Lean on expert advice to help make your days easier and help your patients recover faster.

Angela Beal
DVM

Angela Beal is a veterinarian in Columbus, Ohio who loves using her writing to help veterinarians live more fulfilling lives by helping make practice life more efficient and less stressful. Angela has a background in private practice and academia, and since 2020, she has worked full-time with Rumpus Writing and Editing, a veterinary-specific writing and editing company. Rumpus’ clients include veterinary practices and industry partners, including marketing companies, national corporations, consultants, and several international businesses. Learn more at rumpuswriting.com. The views and opinions in this piece are the authors own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of either The Vetiverse or IDEXX.


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