Cold Vaccines and Sterility

Don’t let the customers see the booze when unpacking your vaccine.

Keeping vaccine cold can be difficult and you should try to reflect professionalism in the coolers that you trundle around, stainless steel coolers are available here however, most clients using shot shows are not discriminating in this room regard and would not probably notice if you use your beat up fishing cooler.

Vaccine handling at shot shows
The handling of vaccines at shot shows is generally unnoticed by the customer. The assumption is made that all vaccines and all veterinarians are created and regulated equally. Weather is a vaccine is cold, fresh, in date, manufactured by a reputable company, or even potent our issues and ideas that are lost on the cost conscious client
Shot shows decline in profitability if the customers are not moving through at a rapid pace. Taking individual vials of vaccine off of the ice and mixing them as needed for each patient is time consuming and chips into your profit. Even though it is not best practices, it increases the speed with which you can process the clients if you draw each vaccination and put it in a container on the table in front of you. While it is true that the vaccine may hit room temperature and begin to denature, the impact on you is minimal, and if there is a problem with the vaccine at the time you give it, it will not be discovered within your window of liability. You can also put the vaccine vials on the table in front of you and draw them up individually, but having to take them out of a cooler with regular or dry ice is impractical and unnecessary. Clients who are commoditizing the annual vaccines are neither discerning nor picky.

Some customers are aware that the vaccine needs to be maintained at all times under a specific temperature or the vaccine will be denatured. If they ask for verification that the vaccine has been kept cold, be sure to have a thermometer in the cooler with your vaccine and make sure that you are using dry ice to keep it cold. They will have to trust you that the vaccine did not achieve room temperature last night in the truck, and again, you will not encounter too many questions along these lines.

Wearing latex gloves while you are immunizing patients creates the look of professionalism and sterility, however if you undertake this facade please change your gloves between each patient to keep up the appearance. Most veterinarians running shot shows do not waste their time, again, clients tend not to be discerning under these circumstances and do not even expect you to wash your hands.

  • DrNickRivera
  • Dr. Nick runs a full service veterinary clinic in Encinitas, California and holds several shot shows in the surrounding counties. (But not his own city!) Dr. Nick is a pioneer in shot-show promotion and was among the first to use 1/2 dose antigen split between two patients to increase profitability.