Veterinarians have available to them a plethora of medical techniques, technologies, and knowledge that can help them to serve their clients and society as a whole. Among these resources, communication skills are essential for successful small animal practices. As veterinarians work with their patients, they are undoubtedly going to encounter clients in all phases of the life span. This article has focused on some of the developmental issues and factors that can have an impact on veterinary communication with children and the elderly and provides the beginning of a dialogue about possible needs of these individuals (Appendix 1). Overall, compassionate, respectful, and honest communication can enhance the relationships that veterinarians have with these important clients and advance the field of veterinary medicine.
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2007|