What is in this article?:
In dual surveys of BEEF readers and bovine veterinarians, the two audiences provide their unique perspectives on the veterinarian/client relationship and contrast their thoughts on various industry issues.
See more charts and figures from the survey here.
Veterinarian services ranked
When veterinarians were asked which of the services they provided they considered most valuable to their clients, palpation for pregnancy examination topped the list at 92.8%. Second was whole-herd health consultation at 85.5%, followed by supplying animal health products at 77.1%, providing labor to assist with animal processing at 47%, formulation of balanced rations at 13.3%, and marketing consultation also at 13.3%.
Meanwhile, veterinarians cited their ability to meet the farm’s needs as the number-one reason (51.8%) that clients decided to retain their services. Quality of information provided was second at 26.5%, followed by variety of services offered by the clinic at 15.7%, and price of services at 6%.
One veterinarian suggested: “Producers should focus on using their vet appropriately. Many people don’t use them enough. Cheaper isn’t always better. We have more than preg-check skills.”