By Sarah Hoggan, DVM
After basic radiographic training, and communication of the area of interest, technicians can take radiographs on their own. Photo courtesy Kristin Yamaka, VCA California Veterinary Specialists Murrieta
“I’m sorry to hear you aren’t feeling well today ma’am. Your primary care physician is fully booked, but the nurse practitioner would be able to see you at 10 a.m. Is that okay?”
First available care is so common today in the United States that seeing a nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant, or even a specialty technician (for advanced diagnostic imaging), hardly registers as anything less than normal to most people. This wasn’t always the case. Nurse practitioners were brought into the mainstream of health care in the mid-1960s and ea...
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