Software for a horse vet

Software for a horse vet

Post by Ruth Val » Mon, 21 Sep 1992 22:01:52


Hello folks,

I'm asking on behalf of my vet who came out this week to see
Spring (and to continue dealing with the effect of previous
owners neglect of her teeth! - surgery to remove a tooth
is definitly in the cards. )-:).

My vet is looking for a computer software package to help her
in her practice.  She needs something to keep track of about
200 owners and 1000 horses.  It should provide invoices from
a data base and provide a calendar which will let her know
when her equine patients are due for revisits, shots, etc.

Carol (the vet) admits candidly to being computer illiterate
and with nearly non-existent keyboarding skills (hunt and peck
typist).  Currently she sees the patient, writes notes in her
log and then re-copies much of that information to an invoice
which is written out by hand.  Time consuming for her and she
has to rely on owners and handwritten calendars to schedule
return visits.  Her husband is in the business (computer sales)
and can get equipment and has access to software sources if
she knew what to ask him to get.

I suggested a laptop might be useful, since she spends most of
her time on the road, or perhaps a unit which can be handled
on the road and then plugged into a bigger database at home.
The software should be PC based and *very* user friendly.

Any ideas I can pass on to her?

Thanks,

Ruth

 
 
 

Software for a horse vet

Post by John Nag » Tue, 22 Sep 1992 13:11:37

Quote:

>My vet is looking for a computer software package to help her
>in her practice.  She needs something to keep track of about
>200 owners and 1000 horses.  It should provide invoices from
>a data base and provide a calendar which will let her know
>when her equine patients are due for revisits, shots, etc.

      Cynthia Standley of Equine Medical Associates (P.O. Box
7418, Menlo Park, CA 94026) has her own practice very much on-line.
The vets have Poquet PCs in their trucks, linked by cellular phones
and modems to a multi-user 386-based UNIX system running a software
package designed for large-animal vets.  She can call up a horse's
medical records remotely if necessary.   Most updating is done by
connecting the Poquet machines to the the big machine at the end of the
day.  She also has voice mail linked to pagers and cellular phones for
messages from customers.  Hers is a small practice, and all the equipment
allows her to dispense with office staff completely.  She set the whole
thing up herself using off-the-shelf hardware and software.

                                        John Nagle