Top 7 Otoscopes for Vets

Examination of the outer ear canal is sometimes a hassle, mostly because animals with acute and chronic ear inflammation experience severe pain and sometimes have to be sedated, even for simple check-up. It’s important for the vet to make the examination as painless as possible and quite thorough so that the real cause for otitis can be identified.

If you already know what is an otoscope and how to use an otoscope, then you will find this list of our top picks very useful.

We prepared a list of top 7 otoscopes used in the veterinary field with all of the pros and cons of each product.

Our top picks of Veterinary Otoscopes

Welch Allyn Digital MacroView 3.5 V Halogen HPX Veterinarian Fiber-Optic Otoscope Head

  • Easy to use
  • Good for vet students
  • Digital macro-view feature  

Cons:

  • High price
  • No power handle included

Buyer’s Guide

  • 0.5 kg/1 pound
  • Otoscope, Mini USB cable (3 m/10.0 ft), Reusable ear spatula set

SereneLife 2-in-1 Ophthalmoscope & Otoscope Kit

ir?t=pempinc 20&l=li3&o=1&a=B016ALQE0W I Love Veterinary - Blog for Veterinarians, Vet Techs, StudentsYou can get this diagnostic set with a professional otoscope and ophthalmoscope on Amazon.

The otoscope comes with Handheld Instrument Tool, Ophthalmoscope Attachment, Otoscope Attachment, Changeable Ear-Tips (2.4, 3, 4, 5mm), Storage / Travel Case.


Welch Allyn Standard Diagnostic Set feat. Coaxial Ophthalmoscope, MacroView Otoscope and Nickel Cadmium Rechargeable Handle

The Welch Allyn Diagnostic Set is an essential part of the vet clinic, for everyday ear, throat and nose examination.

  • Owned by 95% US-based physicians and vets
  • Coaxial Ophtalmoscope – 6 apertures, 28 focusing lenses, visual system that helps eliminate shadows
  • Macroview Otoscope – 2X larger field of view of the tympanic membrane; built in throat illumination
  • Nickel Cadmium Rechargable/Convertible Handle – versatile; can be used with plug or batteries 

Pros:

  • Good for pneumatic tympanic membrane testing
  • Used for rhinoscopic examinations

Cons:

  • Expensive

RA Bock Diagnostics New LED Veterinary Operating Otoscope Kit

This is a professional veterinary otoscope good for small and large animals. This kit is with open slot and is to be used as operating otoscope, because the head will allow for forceps use and retrieval of foxtails and foreign bodies.

Optical Quality Glass 5x magnifying lens with scratch resistant coating.

It has 3V.2 Led Lamp producing white light. In addition, you get three ear specula 4 mm, 5 mm and 7 mm in length made out of polypropylene and autoclavable. 

Pros:

  • Used in small and large animal practice
  • Autoclavable specula

Cons:

  • No extra specula
  • No batteries included

Veterinary Otoscope Kit

The operating vet kit comes with an operating open slot to allow the use of forceps.

The forceps which are included in the kit are very useful when retrieval of foxtails and various foreign bodies out the ear canal is required. The set is packed in carrying snap-shut case covered with protective soft foam from the inside.

With the purchase of this otoscope kit you get operating otoscope head, microforceps, three speculum sizes (4 mm, 6 mm, 7 mm) and expandable specula. The forceps work really well with the expandable specula. The otoscope has glass lens with 5x magnification.

Pros:

  • Affordable price
  • Great for removal of foreign bodies in the ear canal
  • Expandable specula included

Cons:

  • Heavy to use for some people
  • Too short expanding forceps for some breeds

Buyer’s guide:

  • 2 replacement bulbs
  • 1 forceps, 3 speculas (4 mm, 5 mm, 7 mm)
  • Expanding specula

SPECv3 Fiber Optic LED Otoscope Physician Approved 

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Besides the lightweight characteristic and quality material (brass metal body, polymer weight) the greatest feature is the brightness of the light with color rendition correction that gives the true tissue color of the outer ear canal.

The product is packed in a protective carrying case and 15 ear speculas are included in the set. It can be used by both professional vets and students. With every purchase, you get a free educational e-book.

Pros:

  • High-quality material
  • Excellent brightness features
  • E-book included

Cons:

  • Parts more suitable for human medicine
  • Not suitable for standard disposable specula

Buyer’s guide:

  • 8.8 ounces
  • Protective case, otoscope head, and handler
  • 15 adjustable speculas

3.5 V LED Veterinary Operating Otoscope SET – CYNAMED

Another open-system otoscope set both for examination of the ear canal and retrieving foreign bodies and foxtails with scratch-resistant lens and 5x magnification possibility.

Like most open-system veterinary sets you get a chrome-plated brass handle with otoscope head, expandable specula, microforceps, 4 mm, 6 mm, and 7mm speculas.

Pros:

  • Good for foreign body retrieval
  • Affordable price

Cons:

  • Thin carrying case
  • Possible low-quality plastic

Dr Mom Pocket Veterinary LED Otoscope Otoscopes – Pocket Vet Otoscope

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This pocket veterinary otoscope is an affordable version for an otoscope. It is durable and has low power consumption and long battery life. 

It is very good for starting out and for veterinary students. 

  • Extra Long Veterinary Specula
  • Crystal Clear Optics
  • Inexpensive compared to the other more professional otoscopes
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