Best Stethoscope for Veterinaries
A veterinarian stethoscope is one of those ultra-specialized tools that, often enough, you end up paying extra just for the label on the box, since the product inside is no different than any other that does not have that particular identification. That is not to say a veterinarian stethoscope can be the same as a doctor’s stethoscope, although one will work if absolutely necessary, but that you may end up buying one that does not really deserve the title. The point is that a veterinarian stethoscope needs to be a lot sturdier than a regular stethoscope. In fact, it would be a good idea for it to be water proof too, and despite all these layer of protection, it also needs to be an extremely accurate and precise tool. So, keeping these features in mind, we set out to search and came up with the following list of choices for the best stethoscope for veterinarians.
1. 3M Littmann 1392 Master Classic II Veterinary Stethoscope
- Award winning ergonomic design and excellent acoustic sensitivity deliver comfort and reliable diagnostic performance
- Tunable diaphragm responds with a simple pressure change to capture low and high-frequency sounds
- Anatomically designed headset is angled to meet the path of the ear canal
- Non-chill rim and diaphragm offers welcome patient comfort
- Latex free materials for allergy sensitive users
As we have already mention in our What Is the Best Stethoscope of 2014 search, we think that the 3M Littmann 1392 Master Classic II Veterinary Stethoscope is the very best stethoscope choice for a veterinarian. It is the best choice for a veterinarian because it has a single sided, sealed chest piece that does not have any exposed knocks and crannies that can gather dust.
In fact, it is actually water proof, so, on the one hand you can comfortably take it with you in the field and not worry about it dropping it in a puddle, and on the other hand, you can always run it under a tap of water to clean it off any particles.
Still, the biggest advantages of the 3M Littmann 1392 Master Classic II Veterinary Stethoscope are also its biggest disadvantages. In order to create a perfectly sealed chest piece, they were forced to make it quite big and heavy. It is perfect for medium to large animal work, but it is not an ideal choice for small mammals and birds.
The design team at Littmann did an excellent job of sealing in the chest piece, while still keeping the pressure change feature that allows you to listen for low and high frequency sounds, but by sealing it so well they change its auscultation properties. That means the Master Classic II Veterinary Stethoscope has the same capabilities as the Cardiology III, but is not quite as good because the sound has to get through the sealing barrier.
However, there are several other features that we love about the 3M Littmann 1392 that we need to mention here before we move to our second choice. The headset is angled in such a way that it perfectly meets the ear canal and it end with the patented Snap Tight Soft-Sealing Eartips that do a great job of keeping exterior noises from disturbing your auscultation.
Finally, the entire stethoscope is made out of extra strength, durable latex free materials that are guaranteed to last you a life time.
2. Prestige Medical Veterinary Clinical I
- Longer Tubing for Veterinary Professionals
- Stainless Steel Binaurals and Chestpiece
- Latex-free PVC Tubing
The only problem we have with the 3M Littmann is that it is so expensive that not all veterinaries can afford to own one. Of course, the problem with most other cheap stethoscopes that are not produced by Littmann, is that they are also of a very poor quality. The only exception we could find is the Prestige Medical Veterinary Clinical I.
It is definitely not as good as a Littmann but it does produce a high quality, crisp sounds and a relatively good phonic insulation from the exterior. It uses a double sided chest piece, so you have to turn the stethoscope around to hear for either low or high frequency sounds. However, the chest piece is made out of stainless steel so it can take a lot of abuse without showing it in any way.
The thing that sets the Prestige Medical Veterinary Clinical I aside from all other stethoscopes in its class range is the alloy sound conductor inside the tubing that amplifies the sound from the chest piece.
In the strictest sense you could say that they are cheating, because their diaphragm is not that much better than the competition, but they found a way to keep the price down and give you a very high quality sound. They did the same thing with the binaurals which tend to be a little rigid and tight, but, by doing that they seal perfectly against the ear and allow you to be isolated from exterior sounds.
3. UltraScope Stick Veterinarian Stethoscope
The final alternative we need to introduce here is the UltraScope Stick Veterinarian Stethoscope. It is not as good as the 3M Littmann, although it does come close to matching it, and it is definitely better than the Prestige stethoscope. Still, since it costs 3 times the price of the prestige the question becomes why would you choose it?
There are 2 reasons: the first is that this is the only high quality stethoscope that you can personalize in any way you want. You can call Ultrascope and, for no extra charge, they will hand paint anything you want on the chest piece, and they will give you any color you need on the tubing.
And the second reason why you may want to go with an Ultrascope stethoscope is because they have one of the best and fastest customer service systems in this area. There are those who may not care about customer service when choosing a stethoscope, but we do, and we decided to give them enough credit for it that they ended up on our list of the best stethoscopes for veterinarians.