Animana Tips and Tricks

Whether you’re new to Animana or you’ve been using it for a while – the tips and tricks featured on this page are a treasure trove of discovery. You’re guaranteed to find something that will improve your Animana experience, whether it’s learning a best practice or simply acquiring a new keyboard shortcut.

The tips and tricks below are categorised for your convenience – select a category, browse them all, or use your browser’s search functionality (CTRL+F) to search for a specific keyword.

We’ll be adding to this page as often as we can, so do remember to check back for changes. If you have any questions about any of these tips, please feel free to reach out to us.

Did you know that you can navigate many areas of Animana by keyboard?

To get you started, here are five shortcuts that take you straight to some of Animana’s most frequently used areas. To use the shortcuts in Chrome on a Windows device, simply hold down the ALT key, and press the relevant key – and you’ll be taken straight to the appropriate area.

  • Press ALT+Z to go straight to the Animana search box, and start typing, then use the ENTER key to start the search.
  • Press ALT+N to open the New client screen. Once you’re there, you can use the TAB key to change fields, then the ENTER key to save the client.
  • Press ALT+A to open the Agenda page at the current date and time.
  • Press ALT+H to open the Animana Knowledge base in a new browser tab, where you can immediately see the Animana Status, contact details, and of course, search the extensive library of articles.
  • Press ALT+S will always take you back to the Animana Start page, where you can check your tasks, and view the latest news from Animana.

Not using Chrome or Edge on Windows? No problem – substitute ALT above with the following:

  • Firefox on Windows: ALT+SHIFT
  • Chrome, Firefox, or Safari on Mac: CTRL + OPT (⌥) on Mac

In other tips, we’ll explore other ways to use Animana mouse-free.

Want to print these shortcuts out? – Download our shortcuts cheat sheet.

We realise that sometimes the patient file can be a bit overwhelming, and can become difficult to identify important information. Fortunately, thanks to Animana’s powerful ‘sticky custom protocols’, it’s easy to create a uniform way to display key patient information at the top of a patient file.

There are lots of ways to use Custom Protocols (found in General Settings> Custom Protocols), but here are two great examples, which every practice should easily be able to adapt and put into immediate use.

A sticky custom protocol to display medication

A sticky custom protocol to display medication


A sticky custom protocol to display key patient data

A sticky custom protocol to display key patient data

Here are a couple of tips to create this type of protocol:

  • Ensure that you tick the “Show on Top” option when creating the protocol

  • For each field, tick “Quick view” to ensure that it shows on the patient file

  • When choosing a name for the protocol, consider prefixing it with a character such as a “-” or a “!”. This will ensure the protocol is shown first in the drop-down list of protocols found in the patient file.

For more information on setup, please visit our knowledge base article here.

Did you know that Animana can create pre-and post-invoicing alerts which can prompt you to interact with customers?

Here are a couple of great examples we’ve seen used:

  1. Increase patient care with preventative reminders: “Please ask if the client needs flea, tick, or worm treatment for any of their pets”.

    Increase patient care with preventative reminders

    Increase patient care with preventative reminders

  2. Ensure the owners’ contact details are up to date: “Please check if the email address and phone numbers are correct.”

    Ensure the owners' contact details are up to date

    Ensure the owners’ contact details are up to date

Alerts can be created at Mailing > Content Designer > Alerts, which can then be assigned by invoice type in General Settings > Invoice Types > (Select Invoice Type) > Alerts.

For more information on set-up, please visit our knowledge base article here.

The best way to avoid missed appointments is to remind customers a few days ahead of their appointment. There’s no magic formula as to how much before to remind, but we have found that SMS text messages are the most effective time and time again. Fortunately, batch sending text messages for upcoming appointments only takes a minute or so and a few clicks.

From the agenda list view, you can filter appointments by date, location and appointment column before selecting whom to remind via what method (we recommend “text message”), choose a template and click “remind”. It’s as easy as that. We recommend you do this every morning. If possible, send customers two reminders – one a week before and one the day before, and you should see the difference in no-shows straight away.

For more information on setup, please visit our knowledge base article here.

If you’re a keyboard user, save time and frustration by learning a few of these shortcuts – they’re guaranteed to save you time!

From simple copy, cut and paste operations through to searching, printing and new browser windows and tabs, discover the shortcuts and download our cheat sheet to stick to the side of your screen to help you remember!

The following shortcuts apply to Windows computers, but the majority will also work for Apple (use the command, CMD or ⌘ key instead of CTRL) and Chromebook devices.

  • CTRL+A – Select All – highlight everything in the current folder, document, or page
  • CTRL+C – Copy the selected text, image, or item to the clipboard
  • CTRL+X – Cut (remove) the selected text, image, or item and move it to the clipboard
  • CTRL+V – Paste the contents of the clipboard into the active program or window
  • CTRL+SHIFT+V – Paste the contents of the clipboard without any formatting into the current program or window
  • CTRL+F – Find or search for text on a page. In Microsoft Outlook, this forwards a message
  • CTRL+S – Save an open document, file, or web-page
  • CTRL+Z – Undo the last action performed
  • CTRL+SHIFT+Z – Redo the last action performed
  • CTRL+P – Print the current document or page
  • CTRL+N – Open a new browser window, document, or email – depending on the active application
  • CTRL+T – Open a new browser tab.

Want to print these shortcuts out? – Download our shortcuts cheat sheet.

Securing your practice data is of utmost importance. For most practices, the main defence will be the username and password. However, we also advise you to enable Animana’s ability to control access by location (by network IP address). Using this feature ensures that a user can only log in to Animana from an approved network – which could be a network within your practice, or perhaps an approved home location.

Restrictions can be on a per-user basis (i.e. you can determine which users have restrictions, and which don’t), and IP addresses can be assigned to one – or all users. Only Animana administrators can change settings (in Setttings > General Settings > User Management, or see our knowledgebase article here: How do I make sure a user can only log in from a specified Network IP Address?).

You can quickly see how much a customer has spent at your practice simply by hovering the mouse cursor over the lightbulb icon in the client info panel. Totals for each year are shown:

If you’d like to see more details on this breakdown at a product and service level, you can click the lightbulb icon to go directly to the reporting page of all sold products for that client. Note that only users with the “reports” permission have access to this reporting page.

Search shortcuts, English

We’re great fans of using the keyboard to quickly navigate Animana, and this is a great tip to save a few extra clicks. You probably use the header-bar search in Animana throughout your day, and you sometimes change the search from the default “client” search to “patient”, or perhaps even address, but did you know that by using some simple tricks you can also use the client search for addresses or patients (or combinations of these?).

The client search can actually search across three elements; client, address, patient. The trick is a simple comma (or two).

  • The client element searches the following fields:
    • First name, Last name, Email address, Visible notes, Client code, CPH
  • The address element searches the following fields:
    • Street, City, County, Postcode, Country
  • The patient element searches the following fields:
    • Patient name, Species, Breed, Descent

Each of these elements can be omitted and can be partial so, here are a few examples to show how it can work:

Search term
Returns
john,, all animals of clients who have john in a client field
john all clients who have john in a client field
jo,CB, all animals of clients who have jo in a client field and CB in an address field
j,c,f all animals of clients who have j in a client field, a c in an address field, and an f in a patient field
,john, all animals of clients who have john in an address field
,,john all animals who have john in a patient field
,,beagle all animals of clients who have beagle in a patient field

For this type of search to work, remember to ensure all three search fields are included (or blank) and are in the correct order of client, address, patient with both commas.

Want to print these shortcuts out? – Download our shortcuts cheat sheet.

Chances are when you use the header-bar search in Animana, you stick to the initial “Client” or “Patient” options, but the drop-down arrow allows you to search across several types of information. Unfortunately, this depth can make it a bit of a mystery as to what you can search for, but with a bit of knowledge, it’s a powerful tool. Here’s a list of everything that the header-bar search allows you to search across:

  • Client searches:
    • First name, Last name, Email, Visible notes, Client code, Personal tax number (max 6 characters), CPH/UBN number
  • Supplier searches:
    • First name, Last name, Email, Visible notes, Client code, Personal tax number (max 6 characters)
  • Veterinarian searches:
    • First name, Last name, Email, Visible notes, Client code, Personal tax number (max 6 characters)
  • All contacts searches:
    • First name, Last name, Email, Visible notes, Client code, Personal tax number (max 6 characters)
  • Client inactive searches:
    • First name, Last name, Email, Visible notes, Client code, Personal tax number (max 6 characters)
  • Patient searches:
    • Patient name, Patient number, Species, Breed, Descent
  • Patient inactive searches:
    • Patient name, Patient number, Species, Breed, Descent
  • Address searches:
    • House number, Street, City, County, Postcode, Country
  • Phone and fax searches:
    • All phone and fax numbers
  • Identification searches:
    • All patient identification numbers
  • Invoice searches:
    • Internal sequence number, Invoice number, Date (DD or MM or YYYY or YYYYMMDD)
  • Payment searches:
    • Payment description, Document ID, Date (DD or MM or YYYY or YYYYMMDD)
  • Client card searches:
    • Card Type, Barcode, Card number
  • Product searches:
    • Product name, Sales unit, Sales price (ex VAT), Cost price, List price, Invoice text, Product Code, Package unit, Order unit, Dosage, Supplier, Supplier Code, Barcode
  • Protocol
    • Click this to go to the dedicated Custom Protocol search page, where you can search across all custom protocol fields, filter by protocol, by date, and inactive or active patients
  • Colleague Login
    • Click this to go to the Colleague Login search page, where you can filter by practice location, and search using a postcode and house number.

For more information, why not download our handy cheatsheet, which includes this information along with other useful shortcuts.