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4 Things To Look For When Buying A Portable Ultrasound For Your Vet Practice

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If you are a traveling vet that goes to people's homes to offer treatment for their animals, you need to make sure that you have the right equipment to be able to offer the top level of care to your clients. A portable ultrasound can help you offer top level care to your clients. When purchasing a portable ultrasound, there are a few things you need to take into consideration.

Service Contract

When purchasing any equipment for your vet's office, be sure to look at how long the manufacturer's warranty lasts. Different manufactures will offer different warranty durations. See what type of free warranty comes with the ultrasound and what type of warranty or coverage you can opt into after the covered warranty ends.

Does the warranty offer guaranteed response times? Do these response times work with the needs of your practice? Does the warranty cover parts and labor? Does the extended service warranty cover the same things as the original warranty? Are there any hidden costs?

Look closely at the warranty and ensure that it will take care of all of your needs should the portable ultrasound need to be worked on. You want to be able to continue your work while getting assistance with your equipment.

Training Needed

Next, figure out how easy the equipment is to use. It is something that you and your other technicians have already been trained to use and could easily pick up and start using? Or would extra training be required? If extra training is required, would it be online or in person, and if so, how much is it going to cost you to get everyone trained on the new equipment? Remember to fact the cost of training workers on how to use the equipment into the overall cost of your equipment. A portable ultrasound will not help expand your business if you can't afford to pay for the training to use the equipment.


Look into the long-term maintenance costs associated with the machine you are interested in purchasing. Remember that the upfront costs are not the only costs associated with owning a piece of valuable vet equipment. You also need to be able to afford to pay for necessary maintenance and for the replacement of consumable parts. Look for a machine that is equipped with parts that you can afford in the long-term.

When looking at portable ultrasound machines, make sure that it comes with a good warranty and extended service contract that fits your needs and look at the long-term cost of consumable parts and necessary maintenance in order to get the machine that best fits your practice and your budget. Talk to a used veterinary supplies service for more information.