Diagnostic sets are essential for any practice, or even for an individual vet/vet nurse on the road. However, with so many options available to you, it can be difficult to figure out exactly what you need. The decision tree above guides you through the sets available, whilst the below guide will expand on the head and handle options and other key considerations for choosing the right set for your practice.

Do I need my set to be rechargeable?

Non-rechargeable sets are a great option if you're looking for a cheaper set to start with. With no mains charging required, this compact set is the most portable of all . Just replace the batteries when they run out. Rechargeable sets may, in the long run, be more cost-effective (if this suits your practice's needs) since you will not have to purchase replacement batteries.

Where will the equipment be used?

Portable zip-up cases are great for when you need to take your diagnostic equipment outside of your practice. They are also great for use inside the practice if they are often used in different consult rooms and moved around a lot.

In practice situations where ear and eye examinations will always be conducted in the same room, more permanent sets can be installed. Wall-mounted sets free up worktop space and are wired so you will never have to worry about battery limitations or whether a handle has gone missing since it must be placed back in the holder after use.

A desk mount provides a more flexible option for in-practice use. The base is plugged into a wall and placed on a worktop, so it can be moved and plugged into another room if necessary. It serves as a base for not only keeping the handles in one place but also continuously charging them when not in use. You can also move around your patient more freely with this non-wired option.

Know your handles.

Lithium-Ion Handle – rechargeable with long battery life, great for out on the road or use in practice, where they can be charged when not in use.

  • • 3.5v rechargeable handle
  • • Long battery life
  • • Pod and power Lead options sold separately.
  • • Interchangeable, easy-to-secure heads, simple twist onto handle

NiCad Rechargeable Handle – Rechargeable batteries

  • • Handle with rechargeable batteries.
  • • Long battery life
  • • Charger sold separately.
  • • Interchangeable, easy-to-secure heads, simply twist onto handle.

Standard Battery Handle – will need standard shop-bought batteries replaced, great for out on the road.

  • • Powered by standard C-cell batteries that can be purchased in any shop.
  • • Ideal for portable use out on the road
  • • Batteries can be replaced with shop-bought rechargeable batteries but will have to be taken out to be recharged with a battery charger.

Desk Set Replacement – this handle is for the Welch Allyn Desk Set only.

  • • Only compatible with the Welch Allyn Desk Set.
  • • Recharges when placed in desk holder.

Know your heads.


3.5V Co-Axial Ophthalmoscope Head – ideal for simple eye examinations

  • • 6 apertures for all general and specialist use
  • • 28 lenses -25 to +40 diopters for better resolution.
  • • Rubber brow rest prevents scratching of eyeglasses.
  • • The illuminated lens dial clearly identifies the settings.
  • • Coaxial optical system for shadow-free spot and easier entry into undilated pupil#
  • • Crossed linear polarising filter to reduce corneal reflection.
  • • Red-free filter for use with any aperture.
  • • 18 possible aperture combinations for greater versatility.
  • • Sealed optics for better dust protection.

Panoptic Ophthalmoscope – Perfect for more in-depth eye examinations – providing a view of the fundus that is 5X greater than you see with a standard ophthalmoscope in an undilated eye

  • • Provides clearer images of the retinal changes caused by hypertension, glaucoma, and papilledema for easy diagnosis.
  • • Long-lasting LED illumination cuts down the frequency of bulb replacements.
  • • Compatible with all Welch Allyn power handles and wall transformers


Operating Otoscope – perfect for easily retrieving foreign bodies (such as grass seed) from the ear.

  • • The convenience of an open system with rotatable lens and optional speculum, plus bright, white light output during procedures.
  • • Halogen HPX lamp produces light for true tissue colour.
  • • Open system for convenience during procedures
  • • Rotatable lens and speculum for ease of use
  • • Fibre-optic illumination for cool light

Pneumatic Otoscope – great for examining the ear, can also be used to remove air from the ear canal.

The Welch Allyn Veterinary Pneumatic Otoscope provides bright, white light output and a rotating lens with ultra seal for pneumatic otoscopy.

  • • Halogen HPX lamp provides light output for true tissue colour.
  • • Rotating lens with ultra-seal enables easy pneumatic otoscopy.
  • • Consistent, long-lasting illumination