RECENT ADVANCES IN VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY

Vet TechWe are extremely privileged to live in what is commonly referred to as the information age. Effectively, this term refers to the heightened accessibility of information and technology across all fields of human experience due to the growth of numerous technological industries over the past decades.

With that said, we tend to think of the information age as something that predominantly affects personal communication and service delivery. It is not, however, limited to these arenas. In fact, the growth of personal and professional technology has had an unbelievable amount of influence on the direction and advancement of veterinary work during  recent years.

Take a look at these prime examples of recent advancements in veterinary technology:

Advancement with MRIs and competing technologies

Texas A&M University’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has reported that magnetic resonance imaging technology, or MRI, has become more and more prevalently used among veterinarians and vet techs in the past years.1 This method, which is frequently used on humans for diagnosis of conditions and injuries that exist within various parts of the soft tissue, is apparently becoming more accessible for use on animals.

Largely, this has to do with the fact that the more widespread use and development of MRIs lowers the considerable cost that comes along with it. Ideally, over the next several years, the price of such a procedure will decrease enough that more veterinary clinics will be able to gain access to it. This sort of procedure can be integral in everything from locating and identifying tumors in a given pet to aiding in the diagnosis of muscle tears, ligament strains and the like.

Laparoscopy

Not that long ago, a failure to be able to diagnose a condition often meant exploratory surgery for both humans and animals. Now, however, the likelihood of resorting to this sort of procedure seems to be shrinking due to the heightened emergence and availability of laparoscopy for people and pets, according to Vet Tech. A laparoscopy procedure involves making a small, easily stitched incision near the affected area on the body and inserting a very tiny camera through it.2

The lens transmits a video feed to external monitors, which are then viewed by veterinarians and vet technicians in real time in an attempt to diagnose the issue. This procedure is extremely beneficial, as it eliminates the need for exploratory surgery, which can often be dangerous and inconclusive. As an added benefit, a laparoscopy procedure will often only require a local anesthetic and can be completed relatively quickly and at a lower cost than many exploratory surgeries.

Watch for this technology to continue to become more frequently used in the world of veterinarians.

Ultrasound

This process allows doctors and veterinarians alike to be able to gain an image of unborn children or animals. This technology  is also often used for in other procedures in veterinary clinics across the world. As Vet News Daily has reported, this procedure has been used by veterinarians as of late to detect problems with the spinal cord, retinas, and other body parts of many different types of animals.3

While its effectiveness can vary from case to case, this technology can be extremely helpful in diagnosing health problems before they begin to run their course.

1 Texas A&M University School of Veterinary and Biomedical Science Pet Talk, ‘New Advances in Technology for Pets,’ 10/01/10, http://vetmed.tamu.edu/news/pet-talk/new-advances-in-technology-for-pets#.VLQr6CvF8-E

Vet Tech, ’25 Amazing Veterinarian Breakthroughs in the Last 10 Years,’ 2015, http://www.vettech.org/25-amazing-veterinarian-breakthroughs-in-the-last-10-years

Olayinka, Vet News Daily, ‘Emerging Technology and Veterinary Practice,’ 02/03/13, http://vetnewsdaily.com/?p=3388

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