Front-desk quiz: Test your medical knowledge


Take this 10-question quiz to discover if you're an informed veterinary-clinic receptionist ... or just the front-desk help.

When receptionists know their clinical stuff, they're more likely to be considered part of the healthcare team. (Read all about it in the this story from the September 2010 issue of Firstline.) Take this quiz, courtesy of Katherine Dobbs, RVT, CVPM, PHR, founder of interFace Veterinary HR Systems in Appleton, Wis., to see how your medical knowledge stacks up. If you can answer all of the questions correctly, you're well on your way to being a front office team member who can hang with the folks in the back.

1) The medical term for a routine spay is:

A. hysterectomy

B. ovariohysterectomy

C. castration

D. cesarean section


2) The generic name for Baytril is:

A. amoxicillin

B. prednisone

C. enrofloxacin

D. furosemide


3) A heartworm test requires which type of sample:

A. blood

B. feces

C. urine

D. spinal fluid


4) The acronym PCV stands for:

A. platelet count value

B. plasma cell volume

C. packed central vein

D. packed cell volume


5) Which of the following medications is NOT an antibiotic?

A. Amoxi-Tabs (amoxicillin)

B. Rimadyl (carprofen)

C. Clintabs (clindamycin hydrochloride)

D. Keflex (cephalexin)


6) 6. How many cc's are in a ml?

A. 0.5

B. 1.0

C. 5.0

D. 10


7) A radiograph that is considered a “VD” view requires the patient to be oriented on the table:

A. On its back

B. On its right side

C. On its left side

D. On its abdomen


8) If a medication is to be administered per os, it is given:

A. Four times a day

B. Twice a day

C. Into the mouth

D. Into the nose


9) Ringworm can be asymptomatic in cats.

A. True

B. False


10) Hyperthyroidism in cats means that too little thyroid hormone is being produced by the thyroid gland.

A. True

B. False

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