100 Years of Veterinary Technology

VetCheck 24/7 vets

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Medechat.

Back in the day, life was simpler. 

The first intake of veterinary students in Australia occurred in Melbourne in 1886. There were no female students. Isabelle ‘Belle’ Bruce Reid was the first female graduate (but not the first female to enrol in vet science) and the first fully registered veterinarian in the world when she was registered with the Veterinary Surgeon’s Board of Victoria in 1906. 

She was from a farming background & left the vet profession after 17 years to go back to farming. Through the generations, vets have traditionally come from farming backgrounds. Historically, vet science was predominantly concerned with the treatment of farm / production animals. Many young vets through the 70’s and 80’s were inspired by the writings of James Alfred Wight (aka James Herriot). His mixed practice adventures with challenging clients and precious patients like Tricki Woo are still relatable today. In the mid-late 1980’s the gender balance of graduating vets had levelled and today the scales are well and truly tipped to female graduates. 

The background of vet students is no longer predominantly farming and the focus of veterinary work for the majority of vet practices is domestic pets. There is now more specialisation of practices (all dairy, all equine, all small animal, exotic practice, cat only, greyhound, reproduction centres, avian, fish, etc) and less general mixed practice. 

Technology use in practice has always evolved over time. 

The introduction of x-ray generators & processors was a major advancement, ultrasound machines have made exploratory laparotomies less of a lucky dip experience and in-house blood testing machines have improved patient outcomes. 

Vet practices have historically been required to provide a 24hr service to injured or sick animals. In modern times that may provide a security risk to the on-call vet attending patients out of hours. VetCheck 24/7 provides a technological solution to this problem. The practices that are using our services are all relieved that someone else can screen and triage after hours calls. 

The on-call vet only needs to be contacted for true emergencies or the pet owner can be referred to the practice’s preferred emergency hospital if the pet does need urgent veterinary treatment. If the vet or pet owner is unable to physically attend the surgery or is unsure if the pet needs to be seen urgently then a triage video consultation can be done with one of our VetCheck 24/7 vets using the Medechat platform. 

It only costs the pet owner $77 to speak to a VetCheck 24/7 vet any time of day. 

The history notes of the triage consultation are sent back immediately to the pet owner’s regular vet clinic if they are subscribed to VetCheck 24/7 and the clinic gets a rebate for each completed consultation by a VetCheck 24/7 vet. Even if a pet owner from a partnered practice doesn’t have a consultation with a VetCheck 24/7 vet the call log will be sent through each morning for the practice to follow up with their client about the after hours query from the night before. 

Our experienced VetCheck 24/7 vets are also available to give helpful advice if a practice has less experienced vets that would like assistance or a second opinion in the absence of the practice vet.

Give your vets a break and let the VetCheck 24/7 Vets look after your clients when you can’t. For a demonstration contact us on 1800 225 226 or email: manager@medechat.com.au. Check us out at vetcheck247.com or medechat.com.au


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