Vet nurses (VNs) offering consultations in areas that fall within their remit could help generate significant revenue once practices are fully operational following the Covid-19 lockdown. This would also free up vets’ time to deal with more complex cases.
Animal health data company Veterinary Insights has used its Vet Viewer benchmarking tool to calculate the value of VN consultations and their impact on practice turnover. The results, released as part of Vet Nurse Awareness Month, show that practices are not making the most of their VNs in terms of their ability to generate revenue, it says.
The calculations found that VNs carry out 6.5 per cent of all practice consultations, and that 71 per cent of these are provided free, compared to 21 per cent of vet consultations.
The data show that when practices charge for VN consults, the average charge is around 30 per cent less than for...