Like many veterinarians, I prefer not to wear a wristwatch because of frequent hand washing, yet I need a second hand for
measuring heart rates or respiration or performing ocular tear tests. Since displaying a clock in the exam room may foster
client impatience, my solution is to keep an inexpensive wall clock in a cabinet drawer. During patient examinations, I discreetly
open the drawer as needed, watch the clock to get my rate, and then slide the drawer closed when finished.
Dr. Karen S. Phillips