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Clinic Scenario is the Geographic location, Clinic capabilities, and Appointment (signalment & client complaint). Give the clinic capabilities some careful thought so that it fits well with your case. You will email this information to your student clinics - typically early morning of Day 1 (a few cases call for early emailing).

Examples of Clinic Scenarios:

2010:  An emailed scenario

DC1 Scenario: Case #4 (K9-2)

You work in a brand new, small animal practice in Liberty Lake, WA. You have worked for this clinic for just over a year - having signed on because of the high-quality medicine they practice. One of the two clinic owners (they’re a married couple) acquired some additional training through short courses, etc. and now regularly performs TPLO surgeries. He has found it to be a great practice builder and likes the outcome compared to the extracapular methods he used previously.
Clinic capabilities: You have digital radiography, a first-class surgery suite, an area for hospitalization and ICU, a hydrotherapy tank, ultrasound, a microscope, and a full pharmacy. For the vast majority of your routine blood work and cytology you use a commercial service in Spokane that picks up once or twice a day, depending on your needs that day. Results are usually returned at the end of the day or first thing the following morning. You send most of your other diagnostic samples (histopathology, cultures, serology, etc.) to the Washington Animal Disease and Diagnostic Laboratory in Pullman, WA. The turn-around time there depends on the test requested. Some results can come back the next day, others take days or weeks.

The clinic owners are on vacation this week and have left you in charge of the clinic. When you arrive at work today (Monday morning), your first appointment of the day reads:

DOG: “Mandi” f/s 3-year-old Golden Retriever
Post-op TPLO re-check, vomiting

2011:  DC1  An emailed scenario

DC1 Scenario: Case #3 (K9-1)

You are associate veterinarians practicing in a busy small animal hospital located in Tacoma, WA. The hospital’s facilities have been updated and include digital radiology and an ultrasound imaging device. You have basic "in-house" capabilities including a light microscope, commercially available benchtop diagnostic kits (e.g. routine small animal SNAP tests), fecal floatation, Diff-Quik stain, electrocardiography, and a small animal endoscope. However, most routine laboratory work and pretty much all the cytology is sent via courier to a nearby commercial laboratory, which gives you same day results (or overnight if submitted after 3 PM). The veterinarians in your practice are capable of performing basic abdominal ultrasound scans and needle aspirates, but echocardiographs and anything but the most basic ultrasound case are generally referred to a mobile ultrasound service. Your practice uses the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory for all your pathology/biopsy, microbiology, and most serology. You use a variety of other resources for other tests, depending on what tests you are seeking.


“Eddie,” 8 year-old, castrated male, miniature schnauzer

Eddie’s owners called this morning and made arrangements to bring him in right away. Apparently, Edie has consumed almost a full bottle of Rimadyl. “Eddie’s” regular veterinarian is out of town and your clinic has agreed to accept her emergency cases during this period.

OLD FORMAT - pre-2011:  For insertion into student clinic folders    Ex. #1  Ex. #2  Ex. #3   (setting & capabilities - to be inserted into student folders)

Washington State University