4 pieces of veterinary office equipment to budget for next year

4 pieces of veterinary office equipment to budget for next year

Take stock of what you have now as you build your budget for 2011.
Dec 08, 2010
By dvm360.com staff

It’s the end of the year, so you’re inevitably working on next year's budget for your veterinary practice. And as you eye your expenses for 2011, don’t skip over technology upgrades. According to Lacher McDonald, CPAs, the following equipment is well worth your consideration and will make your practice run more efficiently.

Multiple computer monitors. Two monitors will soon be the desired standard minimum and three can help you be very efficient. As running a paperless veterinary practice becomes more achievable, multiple monitors allow you to view several items concurrently and make entries as desired on any one of the screens you’re viewing.

New computer workstations. Costs of new workstations have been falling and with the recession, PC manufacturers have pulled out all the stops to offer rock-bottom prices— $600 to $800 per unit can score you a very nice system.

Fast scanners. These are extremely important in a paperless practice, and for under $1,000, a desktop unit will scan as fast as you can feed it documents. The era of having one gigantic scanner and copier unit is coming to an end in this age of great desktop scanners. High-end desktop scanners will run around $850.

Printers. Consider adding a laser printer to your arsenal. You don’t need one at every desk. Again, as more practices go paperless, they’ll be printing less and scanning more. So instead of buying a few cheaper printers that could slow down your staff, consider investing in a good quality, fast printer that multiple team members can share.

Hot topics on dvm360

Follow dvm360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest

For quick updates and to touch base with the editors of dvm360, Veterinary Economics, Veterinary Medicine, and Firstline, and check us out on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Sell veterinary clients on your service

But you don't have to have butler-style service to win new clients and keep existing clients happy.

Why veterinarians should be more like a Louisiana shoeshiner

If my veterinary clients feel half as good as I did after visiting the 'Michael Jordan of shoeshines,' I'll be thrilled.

Texts from your veterinary clinic cat

If your clinic cat had a cell phone and opposable thumbs, what would he or she text you?

Learning goodbye: Veterinarians fill a void by focusing on end of life care

Veterinarians dedicating their careers to hospice and euthansia medicine may be pioneering the profession's next specialty—at clients' request.