Referring Vets’ Expectations of Equine Referral Centers
What do these referring veterinarians expect from specialists and referral centers, and what aspects of that relationship facilitate a positive outcome when sending patients to another vet?
Colleen Best, DVM, a PhD candidate in the University of Guelph’s Department of Population Medicine, worked with Jason Coe, DVM, PhD; Joanne Hewson, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM; Michael Meehan, BVSc, BSc (Hons), PhD; and David Kelton, DVM, PhD, MS, at Ontario Veterinary College to investigate interpersonal relationships between clients, veterinarians, and referral centers in equine veterinary practice. They shared some of the results of their study in a poster presentation at the 2015 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum, held June 4-6 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
“Over the past several decades, there has been an increase in the number of referral centers and in clients’ access to them,” the group noted. This has affected the quality of care patients receive. Better access to such facilities, for instance, means more owners have opportunities to pursue treatments veterinarians can’t conduct in a field setting, have advanced imaging techniques performed, and
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