Why Your Vet May Take Your Pet to the Back Room for an Exam

More room to move. In most veterinary clinics and hospitals, “the back” is actually a very open area with comfortable tables over long sinks, a setup designed to provide an easy-clean area for procedures that can get messy. Exam rooms are generally smaller, with less room to maneuver, especially with the pet owner (or two, and sometimes children as well) taking up room without knowing the best place to stand or how to help — or even if (and when) staying out of the way is better.

Access to necessary equipment. The “back room” is equipped with everything we need to treat your pet, right at our fingertips, so we can work quickly and efficiently. It doesn't work as well to partially stock exam rooms because then we're forced to leave the room to fetch other items as they are needed, which slows down the exam process. We do our jobs best as veterinarians when everything we need — including things we don’t know we need until something goes wrong — is right where we can reach it in an instant.

The bottom line is that there isn't anything going on in the back that you should worry about. Your veterinarian has nothing to hide, and a lot to be proud of, in a modern, well-run practice. If you're curious about what the back room looks like, ask for a tour! While there may be times when it's not possible to go behind the scenes (other sick pets, emergencies and such), you’ll likely be able to see it all without any hassle.

When you do see what's in the back, I am pretty sure you’ll be impressed, and I have a feeling you’ll come to understand that “we practice as if you're always right there” is more than just a slogan for me and for my colleagues. They’re words we live by!


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