The Growing Need for Information Technology
Information about veterinary medical breakthroughs, important research, environmental concerns, and issues that affect animals and humans is disseminated on an almost daily basis thanks to the Internet. While it's hard to keep on top of all of this information, chances are good that if you are a farmer, a veterinarian, a dog trainer, or any other professional who works with animals, you have a computer in your office.
In fact, there are several computer applications that can make work a lot easier. Some software programs can help you create and print professional-looking business documents such as invoicing and billing statements; client records for vaccination history and certificates; detailed clinical records; and letters, appointment reminder postcards, and promotional materials. Others help with inventory control and can create accounting and management reports as well as calendars to schedule client appointments. In addition, you can store patients' photos and other digital images on your computer.
Most jobs today rely on people who have strong computer skills. As more information and services are transmitted online, the computer illiterate are left behind. It pays to keep abreast of the latest technology in your field.
Having a keen understanding of computer systems will boost your business. As your business grows, good communication among your employees is essential. You can improve communication by linking your employees' computers to one common network. Often in mid-to-large firms, communication can break down. By sending out memos to your entire staff, everyone will be informed of important issues.
If computer technology seems daunting, remember that continuing education is the best way to stay on top of the latest breakthroughs in your field. By staying informed you will run a more successful business, and you will be an asset to your patients and clients.
While computer technology has improved the way businesses are run, new technologies are changing the ways jobs are being done. “Right now we are doing some CSI-type things with a scientist who is making a DNA map of African ivory,” says Christopher Cutter. “When illegal ivory is seized by authorities, for instance, we can use DNA testing to tell where in Africa that elephant was killed. A technological advance becomes a legal tool and ultimately a political one as well. Other new technologies, as they are adopted, including those in the new media, provide new opportunities to help animals around the world.”