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There’s potential to manage perceived client waiting times more effectively

VisioCare Services CEO explains how the perceived length of waiting times in practice can be managed with VisioCare TV

Waiting time is a crucial factor in determining client satisfaction in veterinary practices.

However, the current workforce shortages in the veterinary profession, combined with the rise in pet ownership have resulted in significant time pressures and full diaries, making it challenging to manage busy appointment lists and minimise delays.

Philippe Moreau, VisioCare Services CEO, says there is significant opportunity to not only reduce perceived waiting times but also to turn waiting time into a useful educational experience for clients.

Useful for the pet parent and the animal, but also for the practice!

Studies have shown that waiting times are not just about the duration but also the perception of the length of a wait.

Prolonged waiting times, whether actual or perceived, can influence everything from confidence in care received, to likelihood to return for follow-up appointments, and even clinical outcomes.

One of the key influences on wait perception is the “feeling of having been forgotten” and keeping clients informed, especially at busy times of day, is essential to avoid this.

In the current veterinary climate, reducing the length of time a client has to wait may be difficult, especially during busy times. However, addressing perceived waits is likely to be hugely beneficial when it comes to client satisfaction.

One solution that many practices are adopting is waiting room television, which keeps clients entertained while also improving in-practice communication.

Philippe explains: “The nature of veterinary practice means that, whether due to an emergency or staff shortages, longer waiting times are not always avoidable.”

VisioCare TV has been developed with an understanding of the current demands on all practice staff and users of Visiocare TV have access to a library of exclusive educational content, including a comprehensive range of digital animations to choose from.

While receptionists are ideally placed to over-see day-to-day content management, all members of the practice team can access the resource library and manage screens remotely from any computer.

With drag and drop simplicity, updates on the go are quick and easy, but content can also be scheduled in advance.

To support busy veterinary practices, VisioCare is offering an exclusive deal on VisioCare TV, with new users benefitting from a 30-day money-back guarantee.

To book a free demonstration or to sign up for the offer, visit the Visiocare Services website or email in.

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