Veterinarian Job Description
The veterinarian must remain on premises at all times when patients are being treated.
The vet has three main duties: the initial consult with a new client, consults with each established client, and communication with the referring vets.
Initial consult: The vet should review any records received from the referring veterinarian, then give a thorough physical exam to the patient and be an active participant in the collection of the initial history and in the development of a treatment plan including: physical therapy exercises, medical pain control, supplements. A thorough history and plan must be recorded in the client’s chart including: the initial intake form filled out jointly with the client as well as expanded notes recorded by the veterinarian in S.O.A.P format. After the session is complete, a letter to the referring/primary vet(s) should be written describing the findings of the exam and the treatment plan. Preferably, all records and the referral letter should be completed on the same day as the exam. On the following day, the vet should call the clients to inquire about the pet’s condition after the initial session.
Established Client Sessions: each pet receiving physical therapy should have contact with the veterinarian at some point during the session. As time permits, a cursory physical exam may be given as well as a brief interview with the owner or caretaker to help track any progress or problems. Every patient should have a record of each visit recorded in the chart, written in S.O.A.P. format. Some patients will require Adequan injections and/or acupuncture, and the vet should be available to perform those tasks. The vet should also be available to answer any questions from the tech, and the vet should be available to perform those tasks. The vet should also be available to answer any questions from the tech and/or the pet owner during the session.
Communication with referring/primary veterinarians: After each initial consult, a letter must be written to the pet’s primary vet detailing the findings of the consult as well as the plan for therapy. Periodically (every 4 weeks), a progress letter should be written to the patients’ primary veterinarians – templates are provided as a guide. At 4 week intervals re-measure the patients’ flexion/extension and limb circumference and compare to the initial values. When a patient completes a program of therapy/rehab and no more session are needed, a discharge letter should be written to the primary vet with data similar to the progress letter.
For bookkeeping purposes, always inform the receptionist about any of the following procedures performed for a patient:
-Dispensing of medications (Rimadyl, Tramadol) or supplements (Glycoflex, Dasuquin)
-Fitting for Walk-A-Bout harnesses, booties, wheelchairs etc.
Email our Hospital Manager, Valerie Olvera, Valerie@twohandsfourpaws.com for more information!