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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Scrubs Make The Tech

Most people who go into a veterinary practice probably don’t think a lot about the scrubs or uniforms.  But I can promise you that the practice owner does!  The first decision comes down to whether or not the practice wants to have a very uniform look with everyone wearing the same color and style, or whether they want the freedom to express their individuality with different scrub styles.  The second decision is exactly which styles to use!  Do you allow only animal prints, or do you give complete freedom, knowing that you may end up with people in Spider-Man or Spongebob scrubs?

As a professional veterinarian, it is important to me that my staff looks presentable for our clients. When a customer walks into a place of business, whether it is a doctor’s office, store, or restaurant, they expect the people who work there to be well-kempt, knowledgeable, and professionally dressed. Well-kempt and knowledgeable, those are easy. Simply be aware of who you are hiring, and whether or not they know their stuff. But professionally dressed can be a challenge and often requires some work in deciding exactly what is “professional”.  And then where do you get the look that you’ve decided upon?  Personally I like the look of a uniform in a clinic, with everyone wearing basically the same colors and styles.  But I know that many people like being able to wear whatever they want.

Now here’s something new to my blog, that I hope to continue in the future.  I’m going to try and find sites that I would recommend and use and direct my readers to them.

Recently I stumbled upon Medical Scrubs Mall, an online scrubs store. After searching through the site’s various brands of medical scrubs, I came across their Cherokee Scrubs department. I really liked the variety of styles they had, and I’ve know Cherokee to be quality scrubs.  This company has tons of different colors and styles to choose from, so whether you want a single look or you want your staff to pick whatever they want, it’s here.  It’s actually pretty cool to look through all of the different styles (I know my wife would love to have the Tinker Bell prints!).

The next time you go into your vet’s office, pay attention to how the staff is dressed and see if you can tell any sort of pattern. If you are in the medical profession in any capacity, or if you just love the comfort of wearing scrubs (yes, some people just like to wear them!), I recommend you visit Medical Scrubs Mall, and pick out a set of Cherokee Scrubs for yourself.


  1. I quite like a proper uniform on reception and fun scrubs for out the back theatre work... where they can have more fun if preferred... and that site offers a god choice. I have a fun hat to wear too - love it!

    Main problem is that scrubs can look so scruffy out front and don't suit a lot of body shapes. Specially when they have to be tucked in for sterile theatre....
    In NZ the association opted for a uniform that all qualified nurses can order...:
    In 2004 the NZVNA launched a national uniform for veterinary nurses.The national uniform was initiated to reflect the growing sense of real professionalism of veterinary nurses. It makes a veterinary nurse instantly recognisable to clients, visitors to the practice and to the public in general. It will allow greater differentiation between staff as a client will know whether they are talking to a veterinarian, a veterinary nurse or a receptionist, and may have more faith in the advice given knowing it comes from a qualified veterinary nurse. The uniform is voluntary but the response to an informal survey at conference was 3:1 in favour.

    Ours is bottle green, lots pockets, smart, easy to move in and suits a range of shapes. I would send you a link but we are between suppliers and there are no current images! I do know they are also planning a range of green scrub tops too to continue the theme..

  2. A professional look is nice and I've seen a lot of fun scrubs too. Speaking for myself as a client - the best part of a uniform is the smile! Everyone in the office can look as "professional" as possible with identical scrubs - but as a client - my concern is with how I am treated and especially my furry friend. I notice the facial expressions, tone of voice and general interaction with each other and the clients a whole lot more than I notice what they are wearing.

    1. Agree completely, Stefanie! I had worked as a tech for 4 years before I left for college and after about 12 years of doing admin jobs from office manager, exec assistant and compliance, I'm following my heart and going back to my passion of helping animals and their parents. I've picked up a few solid colored tops and bottoms but will look forward to some fun tops for the different seasons and holidays (likely just a winter theme for the winter holidays as I don't want anyone to possibly take offense) but the vet I go to (and where I'll be working) the Dr's are incredibly personable and so are the techs. The furbabies are ultimately the main concern and playing with or soothing them is top priority but how you interact with the clients is extremely important. It makes the entire appointment on how the client feels and the last vet we went to was so bad that a tech ended up working at my current vet and apologized to my mom for how horribly she was treated by the other vet. She wanted to say something but couldn't as it wasn't her place there but that is why she left. I had my working interview this past Monday and each appointment was fun and interactive. I love everyone there and am excited to be a part of it! I also volunteered for 4 years at our (human) hospital and I loved it. Bedside manner is everything especially to a sick person and that goes right along with the worry of the client for their furbaby. I plan of looking my best everyday but I am far more concerned with giving my clients and their babies an excellent experience.

      (Sorry for the novel! I just feel that the interaction between vet & tech and the client & animal are of utmost importance!)

  3. I completely agree, Stefanie! How a person acts can make or break a situation more than how they're dressed.

  4. presentable scrubs during work even your a nurse, doctor, vet, physician is a good and simple way to promote your service if you really want it. so that is why your should consider being presentable as part of your business.


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