You may know that Safari is Swahili for Journey. Safari is named this because we wanted to create a different and better Journey for you and your pet. To begin this journey we understand that our purpose at Safari is Knowledge Sharing. Knowledge Sharing is a different purpose than the traditional veterinary practice focused on diseases. We want to share our knowledge of pet care in order to build relationships with our clients. This Knowledge Sharing is not just between the veterinarian and the client but utilizes the entire health care team. All the team members you will see are dressed in the same uniform and act within the same set of rules – as all teams do.
The first step of your Safari Journey will be to receive a Safari HealthMap which details our recommendations for the longevity of your pet. The HealthMap represents the four quadrants of excellent health care they are:
- Examinations and Immunizations – These are customized for your pet based on social vs. solitary and indoor vs. outdoor and young vs. older animal. Risk factors such as hunting or field trial or show pets may require additional considerations. Our software – designed by Dr. Garner creates these customized recommendations for your pet.
- Diagnostics – These recommendations include heartworm testing, fecal testing for parasites for most pets but additional testing for high blood pressure, heart disease, or genetic diseases may be recommended based on the specifics of your pet.
- Preventions – Diseases such as dental disease, heartworm disease, flea infestation can all be prevented with the recommended medications and therapy. These preventions will be recommended as well.
- Quality of Life – Things that affect your pet’s quality of life include nutrition, spay or neuter status, addressing any behavioral issues and so on.
These items will be discussed by our receptionist on the first leg of your Safari Journey during which you and your pet will be escorted into the examination room.
- The next leg of the journey occurs when a Safari Assistant comes into the exam room to weigh your pet. A temperature is taken if your pet is ill but will not be taken otherwise. We do not want your pet to think of us as using harm. Also a fecal sample should be brought in when you come for the exam.
- A Safari Technician will give any vaccines or draw blood samples as needed based on your HealthMap instructions.
The veterinarian will examine your pet during the third leg of your Safari Journey.
- The veterinary examination will be verbalized to you and to the veterinary technician so they he or she may enter notes into our medical records system to create your printed report of the examination findings.
- When the technician comes in with your printed report, she will go over any abnormal findings and the doctor’s recommendations. You will be given a quote based on these recommendations.
The Fourth Leg of your Journey involves performing the recommendations that the Safari Veterinarian made.
- Once these recommendations are completed you will receive a “Release Instructions” report that details the post hospital or post-operative care of your pet.
- You will then make an appointment for your next visit to Safari.