Four Terms You Need To Know When Buying Used Veterinary Supplies

18 July 2017
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If you are looking for a great value and ways to get the most out of your equipment budget, you may want to consider purchasing of the used veterinary equipment for sale for your veterinary practice. But do you want to purchase equipment or used veterinary supplies that have been cosmetically refurbished, parts refurbished, or does your equipment need to be fully refurbished? Will you consider equipment that is able to be reprocessed? Here are a few definitions that will assist you in making these decisions:

Reprocessed Equipment or Supplies 

There is a lot of used veterinary supplies that are used in your veterinary practice that can be reprocessed or cleaned by a multi-step process. This process is used to not only clean the equipment but to sterilize and disinfect it. Examples of this type of equipment may include some of the following:

  • Forceps
  • Stethoscopes
  • Otoscope
  • Thermometers 
  • Examination Tables and more

By making sure that your equipment is reprocessed correctly you will help to ensure that your patients will not be at risk of Health Care-Associated Infections (HAIs). If used equipment is labeled as reprocessed, this means that it has been cleaned, disinfected, sterilized, and checked by expert technicians to confirm it meets all of the original equipment manufacturers (OEM) operational and performance standards. 

Cosmetically Refurbished

If you see used veterinary equipment for sale listed as being cosmetically refurbished, you can rest assure that the equipment has been verified to meet the OEM operational and performance standards, but in addition to this, it has been cosmetically restored to look like new. This may mean that it has received a fresh coat of paint, a new cover, or other work that will remove any signs of wear and tear. This can be important for equipment that is being used in full view of your patients. 

Parts Refurbished

Used veterinary supplies and equipment that is listed as parts refurbished, you can rest assured that any dysfunctional or failing parts have been replaced to ensure that the equipment is in good working order, as well as cosmetically restored. The equipment should be up to the OEM's functional specifications.

Fully Refurbished Equipment/Full Overhaul

If the equipment you are considering is fully refurbished, or have had a full overhaul, you can rest assure that all functional components that have the potential to fail over time have been tested, and/or replaced with new or upgraded components. Once the unit has been reassembled, it has been tested to ensure it meets OEM standards or better. This is the best or highest level of used equipment you can consider. 

Don't be afraid of purchasing used veterinary supplies, or veterinary equipment for sale you see on the market. Just make sure you know what you are getting.