Help a veterinary colleague outtake good notes

April 13, 2018

Leave TMI on that UTI; the paper trail leads to better patient care and client service.

Vets-rate your exam room note-taking, and be honest. Are your comments a) painstakingly thorough, b) so-so, or c) nonexistent?

While less-than-complete recordkeeping might work for your own steel trap of a brain, what about when a fellow doctor has to treat a patient in your absence? In this video Fetch dvm360 conference speaker Dave Nicol, BVMS, MRCVS, tells Sarah Wooten, DVM, that it's far better to err on the side of too much information.

"Write good notes so that your poor colleague is picking up the case from a position of knowledge," he says.

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When you feel like a veterinary fraud.

Not only can comprehensive comments eliminate medical guesswork, they can also summarize previous communication with the client, Dr. Nicol says.

"If you go in saying something very different from what the previous vet has been saying, you're going to create a big conflict disaster zone," he says.

And who wants that?

Watch the video to hear more.

You. Can. Do. This!

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