Why should you upgrade your veterinary equipment?
As many of us animal lovers would agree, our pets play an enormous role in family life. Vet bills aren't cheap, but when it comes to the happiness and health of our furry friends, we'll always find a way to foot the bill. And we're not alone. In fact, a recent survey reported that 90% of pet owners in the UK consider their pet to be a part of the family. With this in mind, veterinary practices need to be able to offer great care and quick, reliable results when diagnosing and treating their patients. In order to compensate for the high demands from animal lovers to give their pets the best possible treatment, there's been plenty of growth in the number of veterinary practices. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) reported a 12.3% increase in the number of veterinary practices between 2010 and 2014. With this increase in competition, practice owners need to invest in top equipment in order to diversify and meet growing customer expectations. Being in sales, it's important for me to stay up-to-date with all the industry developments and equipment requirements, to ensure that my team and I are fully informed of the type of payment plan that would best suit our customers' needs. With this knowledge, I am able to put forward tailored financial solutions that will benefit our customers in the long-term. One of our recent customers, the London Animal Hospital in Camberwell, recognised pet owners desire to receive a greater level of care. The hospital was able to offer patients the very best vital high-end veterinary equipment with the help of financing from Siemens Financial Services. They worked with their supplier, PLH Medical, to source the equipment. They selected the Siemens Healthineers SOMATOM Go.Now CT scanner in order to deliver a highly efficient and reliable service. PLH then put us forward to arrange the financing, given our reputation and expertise within the healthcare market. Since having the equipment installed, the London Animal Hospital has been able to deliver a superb level of care by having the most technologically advanced equipment in place. One of the ways I like to stay informed is to visit exhibitions and events in the healthcare sector. I was at the London Vet Show recently where I was able to talk to other industry professionals about recent developments and research in the veterinary medical equipment market. I was also able to share with customers a live demo of the new Siemens Ultrasound equipment - which is quite an impressive piece of kit. It's something I'm really recommending to vets due to its useability as a wireless, portable device, which means it fits in easily with the typical layout of many veterinary practices in the UK. The device's technology is state-of-the-art, with a probe that enables vets to get into small spaces such as between ribs, where it is often very difficult to get clear visibility. Whatever your equipment needs might be, one thing is for certain: upgrading veterinary equipment so that it is up-to-speed with technological advancements is a must. Matching the high demands of animal lovers with the competition from other veterinary practices means that the quality of equipment will be a key selling point for attracting new business. The technology we have available today is a million miles from where we were just a few years ago and I have no doubt that with the advancements in technology to come, the equipment of tomorrow will be even more intuitive. Keep up to date with veterinary news and trends to see whether it's time your equipment was due an upgrade. If you would like to find out more about how Siemens Financial Services helped the London Animal Hospital to acquire vital equipment for their practice, or you are interested in finding out how we can put together a tailored financial solution to suit your business, you can visit the veterinary finance page here. Sally-Anne Whybrow, Healthcare Sales Manager at Siemens Financial Services