It May Be a Dog's Life But the Relationship with Her Owners Is Also Key to Her Health and Well Being: Communication in Veterinary Medicine

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Veterinary Clinics of North America Small Animal Practice (Impact Factor: 0.82). 02/2007; 37(1):1-17; abstract vii. DOI: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2006.10.003
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Effective communication is necessary for achieving important outcomes in veterinary practice, including patient health, accuracy, efficiency, and economic viability. Communication is a series of learned skills. Daily practice, feedback, and refinement are the ingredients for continued practice success.

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