High Achievers Online Training Program

Dear Colleagues,

There is a very close link between well-being and success. But what is it? How do we get it and how can we maintain it? If you’ve ever wavered in your love for your work or wondered about your purpose, then read on!

Join us for a six week online workshop where you will find resources to develop good habits that will enrich your life and your work. In this content-heavy world, getting knowledge is easy, it’s hard to apply that knowledge to the way you lead your life.

Dr Cathy Warburton teamed up with VetPrac to bridge the gap, between learning and doing.

This course uses a flipped classroom model where the content is provided in advance of the weekly online meetings.

Cathy will utilize her training in coaching to guide course participants through literature and supporting activities. There will be ample opportunity for individual and group reflection and discussion with the aim of illuminating the steps that participants can take to move towards their version of success.

Watch the video below to learn more or click here to register.

“I can recommend Cathy to the whole profession. There is a great advantage in having a practice with a positive mindset. If you are an employer there is a $2.30 return for every $1 spent on mental health in Australian businesses ( rf. Beyond Blue). It is a $15 dollar return in mining and I suspect it is a lot more than $2.30 in veterinary practice. Give it a go, it will probably change your life!” Dr Brian Mc Erlean

Enjoy your week

Dr Ilana Mendels

Taking a closer look with specialist ophthalmologist, Dr. Edith Hampson

‘Eye’ am sure many of you know this week’s very talented (and down right wonderful) featured member of our VetPrac community, specialist ophthalmologist, Dr. Edith Hampson (BVSc PhD FANZCVS). Dr Hampson is currently working at The University of Queensland where she occupies the post of Clinical Academic and Specialist Veterinary Ophthalmologist at the School of Veterinary Science. Dr Hampson is shaping the next generation of veterinarians and improving the lives of her patients. Please join us in welcoming Dr Hampson to the blog!

What is it about ophthalmology that peaked your interest prior to specialization, and what keeps you inspired going forward?

My postdoctoral work looked at how retinal cells communicated with each other and how different drugs could modulate gap junctions between specific retinal cell types. The flat retinal model is perfect for understanding similar mechanisms in the brain. Towards the end of my research studies, I started back in clinical practice but mostly examining eye cases. It was most exciting. I knew I just had to specialize then. I still am fascinated and I now enjoy sharing that passion through teaching.

What is your favourite ophthalmic condition to treat or manage or your favourite procedure to perform?

I enjoy treating ocular surface diseases, particularly in pug dogs.

What have you learned from experience that you didn’t learn from a textbook?

The most important thing I have learned from experience is developing a good ocular examination technique which is a “hands on experience” and difficult to get from a textbook.

What procedure, technology, or medication have you tried that doesn’t work?

A surgical technique that doesn’t work well is a simple Hotz-Celsus for entropion repair in the cat. It fails because a lateral canthoplasty technique is also required to prevent recurrence.

What have you tried that does work and may be surprising to other vets?

I find that artificial tear replacements are beneficial not only for cases of dry eye, but in cases of poor ocular surface health, especially in geriatric patients.

What in particular do you believe general practitioners would benefit from learning about ophthalmology?

GPs can benefit most by learning how to perform a great ophthalmic examination. This is essential before making a diagnosis and treatment plan.

What is your ‘hot tip’ for general practitioners regarding ophthalmic exams?

Perform distant direct ophthalmoscopy or retroillumination. It can show you the difference between nuclear sclerosis and true cataract, as well as detecting lesions anywhere between the cornea and the retina.

Would you like to share any horror or hero stories from your experience?

Horror stories I have experienced mostly reflect cases in which tissues samples were not submitted for pathological examination or stored in formalin. As a result the disease or masses progressed resulting in either enucleation or even euthanasia. Earlier detection of the underlying disease processes could have made such a difference in treating or managing the disease.

What advice would you give new graduates?

Ask the question – why, why, why? I would suggest that new graduates get as much information from their more experienced colleagues as possible in their first few years; have a note book to write everything down during the day so that you can look it up at night – write little summaries to have the information at hand when talking to clients.

Also keep a check on the outcome of all your patients – get them back for rechecks or telephone. It is this feedback and review information that will tell you if you have been successful in your diagnoses and treatment plans.

What do you like to do for fun and to unwind outside of work? How do you spend your days off?

At the moment I have been training in spin classes at the gym in preparation for cycling in France. I love reading non-fiction and biographies, meeting up with friends for a good laugh, enjoying the company of my adult children and making gifts for friends and family.

We hope you have an incredible trip, Dr Hampson!

How do you switch off?

I find it really hard…In fact, it wasn’t until day 10 of my 14 day holiday that I felt like my internal clock was finally slowing down. Why? Well – like you, I own my own business. Like you, I have responsibilities and social commitments that I enjoy and feel obligated towards. And like you, I just really engage myself everyday and sometimes forget to stop and reflect.

Why am I sharing this?
I just got back from an actual holiday (not a work related or family event type thing…) and I’m feeling connected and relaxed and excited about the future and I thought you might like to feel the same way. Disengaging in an era of connection is really hard. It’s taken me years to understand that the repair phase, like the growth phase and the rest phase of any living cycle, including our own is important.

I would also like to announce that from July, VetPrac will be offering an elite coaching service to help bridge the gap between learning about well being and actively practicing it. It’s a small class, led by a very motivating woman – stay tuned for more details.

Warmest wishes,

Ilana

Life in the fast lane

Our profession is filled with wonderfully talented people; people who excel at work and beyond. Dr Laura Brown is one of those people!

Laura is an accomplished veterinarian, being the senior vet for the Animal Animal Welfare League (AWL) Veterinary Clinic NSW, responsible for managing an amazing team and implementing protocols and procedures in the AWL veterinary clinics. She has worked with both small and large animals in her career and seen a large number and variation in case-load due to the area in which she works and the clientele seen by AWL. In addition to her busy role at AWL, she is also a board member for the Exhibited Animal Advisory Committee (EAAC) and has completed further training in surgery via distance education in 2013.

Being no ordinary human, Laura has also excelled outside of her work as a veterinarian. Laura was the WINNER of the Final for ABC TV Series, ‘Strictly Dancing’ in 2006, has represented Australia in the UK for Latin American Dancing and most recently, won the female category in 2015 and 2016 for motorcycle racing! Laura also acts as Motorcycle Ambassador for rider training, ‘Stay Upright’.

We recently asked Laura to share her story and insight with us and we are thrilled to be able to share this with you on the blog today.

Please tell us a little bit about your role at AWL and any special interests that you have

I am passionate about the welfare of animals. I am the head veterinarian of the Animal Welfare League Veterinary Clinic NSW. This position involves ensuring the smooth running of the veterinary clinic on a day-to-day basis. Beyond the veterinary clinic, it involves protecting the health of the animals in our care at our three shelters and ensuring standards of care are at optimum for maximum welfare. We aim to increase adoption turn rates by decreasing the waiting period experienced for each animal for any vet treatment or surgeries required. I am also a member of the EAAC, which helps to improve the welfare of animals on exhibition.

What have you learned from experience that you didn’t learn from a textbook?

At AWL, we see a large number of cases with limited (and at times no) funds. This has emphasized the need for our team to reach the most likely diagnoses, without always being able to perform gold standard diagnostics. Furthermore, I have learned that the amount of money a owner earns does not always correlate to the level of care they are willing to provide to their pet. Having worked with homeless and low socioeconomic clients, it is evident that there are is a large variation in the level of care owners are willing to provide, and this appears to come down to the relationship with the pet more than the means of the client.

What procedure, technology, or medication have you used and realised that there was a better alternative?

A significant issue for shelter medicine is the treatment of ringworm. Previously, the shelter used Grisofulvin. Now however, we use Itraconazole with a better result and a decrease in adverse effects.

What practical advice would you offer fellow vets?

Things are not always black and white in the real world and being grey is OK, providing that you can work things through logically.

Looking back, what advice would you give new graduates or even to yourself when you started out If you could “turn back time”?

I would probably tell myself not to stress about the speed I can desex an animal, but rather, put the effort into understanding the relationship between the pet and the owner on a deeper level. I think this made me a better vet. Owners appreciate open communication, understanding and care for their pet.

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy riding horses, spending time with my dog, running and I love racing motorbikes, specifically the Ninja 300 in the Kawasaki Cup. I spend my days off working on training fitness for motorcycle riding, cycling or horse riding.

Can you please tell us about your exciting motor sports career and how you came to be involved?

An ex-boyfriend got me interested in riding motorcycles and from there I became addicted to riding around Sydney Motorsport Park. Given I was still on my P plates, I road my 250 road bike around the track every opportunity I had. A friend convinced me to enter my first race on my road bike. From there I was hooked and bought a race bike a month later! I now have two race bikes and race a minimum of 9 times a year.

Could you please tell us about your recent success on the track?

I am currently leading the ladies Ninja 300 Cup and coming 9th in the overall series. This was the 4th motorcycle race I have competed in. There are usually 25-30 riders, both male and female. I intend to come in the top 5 by mid-season then on the podium by the end of the year.

I had two bad accidents last year, I broke 17 bones in March off my bike then broke my leg in June the same year. It has been difficult to get my confidence back on the bike after these two serious accidents. I now feel confident on the bike but also much smarter than prior to these accidents. I am looking forward to the future and hopefully competing overseas.

VetPrac wishes Dr. Laura Brown all the best in continuing her success both in the clinic and beyond. Good luck achieving your goals this year!

 

Cardona Vet Conference 2016

It is neurologically impossible to ski down a slope at Cadrona and recall the differential diagnoses of hepatobiliary disease in cats. Which is why our friend Dr David Collins is doing such a wonderful job with his Veterinary Ski Trips. Learn in the morning, Ski all day and catch up for some reminders over a drink at night… Ski in NZ while learning medicine – It’s completely impractical, but LOTS of FUN! 

 

Find out more below….

 

The Lake Wanaka Veterinary Conference is in its 12th year at the picturesque Edgewater Resort, Wanaka, from August 14 to 19th.

 

Wanaka is on the South Island of New Zealand, in the beautiful Otago southern Highlands.
Once again, we have an impressive lineup of speakers this year, proudly supported by IDEXX, Provet and Virbac:

 

Dr Andrea Harvey, a world renowned feline medicine specialist will headline the conference, talking about those common but frustrating feline problems such as feline gastrointestinal disease, hepatobiliary disease, cystitis and hyperthyroidism.
Dr Hannah Bender, a specialist pathologist, will give us an interesting pathologist’s perspective of the pathology of some of these conditions, with revealing insights for the clinicians managing these diseases. Rounding off our feline discussions will be diagnostic imager Dr Kathleen Chow, who will discuss the abdominal imaging and sampling related to feline gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary imaging so crucial for accurate diagnosis.

 

We are also very fortunate to have the very talented and widely respected exotics vet, Dr David Vella, join us for the end of week discussion regarding rabbits, rodents and ferrets.

 

The conference has AVA VetEd approval pending for AVA members and will provide all attendees with 20 CE points for the week. 

 

The conference begins with registration and welcome drinks on Sunday night, followed by early morning lectures Monday. The lectures finish by 9.30 am, which provides time to get out for nearly a full day skiing or boarding at nearby Cardona or Treble Cone skiing resorts. There are ample other activities for non skiers and families to do in beautiful Wanaka, including horse riding, hiking or visiting the spectacular local Otago wineries. Evening lectures start at 5 pm, with coffee and snacks provided for the hungry skiers.

 

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The Wednesday night dinner is a night of dinner and dancing not to be missed and has been rated best ever conference dinner by previous attendees.

 

Early bird registrations close June 1, with $100 off the regular registration price of $990.

 

Please email Dave on vetsontour@gmail.com or phone +61 (0)410 323 320 for more information.

Meet the winners of VetPrac’s ‘Practical New-Graduate Scholarship’ 2015

Tymon Yeo: University Prize Winner, Murdoch University, WA

Tymon was the recipient of one of the VetPrac’s ‘Practical New-Graduate Scholarship Prizes,’ valued at $1500, in 2015. These prizes are awarded to veterinary students who actively pursue the development of practical skills during placements and discuss their discovery in the best essay submitted to their university.

Tymon has a distinct interest in ophthalmology and used his placements to focus on the skills that would contribute to building his career goals. He has elected to use his prize money to attend the VetPrac Practical Ophthalmology Workshop on October 7-8th with Drs Martin King, Edith Hampsen and Mark Billson.

Here is an excerpt from his winning essay:

“I have learnt how to perform direct and indirect ophthalmoscopy on my placements. Direct ophthalmoscopy is performed by holding the direct ophthalmoscope against one’s brow, and examining the patient’s eye from a very close distance (approximately 1-2 cm). Direct ophthalmoscopes are very common in general practice, and the technique provides a highly magnified image. However, the examiner’s face is extremely close to the patient, and a much smaller field of view is seen, such that more time and movement is required to examine the entire fundus. As one can imagine, this can be difficult in a fractious or restless patient who does not allow the examiner an extended period of time at such a close distance.

Indirect ophthalmoscopy is performed with a light source and a hand lens; while head loupes are available that allow for binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy, a focal light source such as a penlight may be used for monocular indirect ophthalmoscopy. The benefits of this technique are that the examiner’s face is further from the animal, and a much wider field of view is achieved. Consequently, this technique is very well suited to a quick survey of the fundus. The image seen is upside-down and mirrored, however with practice one can quickly get used to driving the image in the desired direction. While indirect ophthalmoscopy hand lenses are less common in general practice, they are reasonably cheap. Since learning this useful technique on my placements, I have begun to build my own hand lens according to a guide by an American veterinary ophthalmologist. I plan to bring this tool into practice along with the technique that I have learnt, so as to allow me to further develop my skills and experience in handling ophthalmological cases.”

Tymon is sure to be a future leader in the field of ophthalmology, so we wanted to get to know him a little better. We recently asked Tymon a few questions…

You’ve been in practice a few months now. Where are you working?

I’m working in a rural mixed practice in York, Western Australia.

Is it everything you imagined?

Yes, and more! Most importantly, my colleagues here are extremely supportive and very good at their jobs, which makes it so much easier

Have there been any surprises?

Not really, as I did my best to go into the job with an open mind and without any prior expectations. Having said that, I did not expect the level of gratitude that many owners have expressed after helping them through a euthanasia.

As an immediate new graduate what are the things you wish you’d paid more attention to at uni which seem so important now?

It would be nice if I could remember everything on every topic! One thing in particular would be the little details in treatment protocols, such as how long you want to dispense a drug for – thankfully all of this can be easily found with good resources/reference material, but it definitely makes you feel slower when you are trying to keep up with consults.

Was there anything you wanted more of at uni, but simply couldn’t learn because there wasn’t the time?

Ophthalmology! I find it immensely fascinating and interesting, yet I didn’t really have that much free time to study it beyond the handful of lectures that we received at university.

What advice would you give final year vet students preparing for practice?

Pretend that you are the vet with all the cases you see – try to think up what your plan of action would be, before the clinician tells you what they are going to do. Trying to think like a vet often helps you realise what you need to learn/know to improve in a clinical setting.

If you could ask any 3 questions of any vets of any qualification anywhere – what would they be?

Do you have any tips for working with clients who are frustratingly uncooperative and non-compliant, yet demand the world?

What advice do you have for new graduate veterinarians just starting out in mixed practice?

How do you keep up to date with the latest literature and ensure best practice, when the depth and breadth of knowledge in veterinary medicine is this large and continuing to grow?

Please post any wisdom regarding Tymon’s questions in the comments section below!

Congratulations Tymon and welcome to veterinary practice!

Introducing the Oss|Ability TTA Wedge System

The Oss|Ability Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) Wedge System reduces the learning curve for new surgeons and helps the experienced surgeon achieve repeatable results in less time.

How does the Oss|Ability TTA Wedge System stand out?

Most veterinary saw and drill guides rely on the experience and subjective decision making by the surgeon. The Oss|Ability guide instead controls the final tibial tuberosity thickness as well as osteotomy length, obliquity and termination position, and is configured prior to surgical incision. This means the surgeon knows the result they are going to get before they begin the procedure.


Clever Integration Between Preoperative Planning and the Osteotomy Guide


Proper planning and implant selection are critical to a successful treatment. With the Oss|Ability TTA Wedge System the surgeon can select not only the advancement and corresponding implant required, but where the osteotomy should be positioned to maintain the integrity of the tibia. These settings are easily dialled into the guide and the surgeon can have confidence that the osteotomy will end up in the right place. There are no surprises on the postoperative radiographs.


Advanced Implant Technology


The Oss|Ability Wedge Implant is a 3D printed titanium implant with a proprietary porous structure that promotes bone ingrowth. The scaffold implant is around 70% porous with a pore size greater than 600 μm and mimics the properties of trabecular bone. The combination of implant design and porous structure means that bone grafting is not required. The implant has a very high coefficient of friction that secures it in place initially and this is followed by rapid osseointegration for long term stability.


The Final Mechanical Construct


The Oss|Ability TTA Wedge System is a robust mechanical construct based on tried and true principles. The procedure is based on the Modified Maquet Technique (MMT) and maintains a bone hinge on the tuberosity. The Oss|Ability procedure then adds additional support to that bone hinge with a tension band plate so that the final construct is constrained in tension, rotation and bending planes. This construct also acts to support the tibia against diaphysial fracture. The final construct of an opening wedge implant and plate act together to compress the osteotomy and speed up bone healing.


Research & Clinical Outcomes


Oss|Ability provides an opportunity for veterinarians to contribute their experience and outcomes data for publication. The data is analysed as the cases are submitted, giving an accurate and up-to-date picture of how patients are progressing. This data also allows us to improve the system further through incremental updates. Oss|Ability is also involved in comparative clinical research that evaluates cruciate disease treatments with independent surgeons.

The Oss|Ability TTA Wedge System provides a simple, fast and stress-free way of treating lameness secondary to canine cruciate ligament disease and draws on the latest advancements in medical 3D printing technology.

Meet the Minds and Hands Behind Oss|Ability’s TTA Wedge System

Can you describe Oss|Ability’s TTA Wedge System?

We believe that planning and careful execution of the plan is the key to a successful operation. The foundation of the TTA Wedge System is an instrumented osteotomy that allows the surgeon to control the final size and position of the tuberosity. We combine this with the latest 3D printed titanium implant technology that encourages the bone to heal without the use of graft. The result is that the surgeon can expect fewer surgical complications and faster convalescence.

How does the TTA Wedge System help vets perform repeatable surgeries?

The surgeon is able to dial in the instrument settings for the planned osteotomy preoperatively. During the surgery this instrument engages with anatomical landmarks that locate it with respect to the tibia. This allows the surgeon to cut the osteotomy where they planned it without having to make subjective decisions during the surgery. The end result is that the surgery is more repeatable because the osteotomy is always in the right place.

What exactly is the wedge implant constructed from?

The TTA Wedge Implants are made by 3D printing titanium, which is the new gold standard in orthopaedics. We have significant experience with 3D printing of medical devices and have built a proprietary scaffold structure that rapidly encourages bone ingrowth. It is the combination of biocompatible materials and our interconnected porous scaffold that promotes fast healing without the use of bone graft or expensive synthetic substitutes.

Brent, your passion for medical technologies is immense. Can you describe what first sparked your interest?

During my surgical residency at Liverpool I witnessed the clinical development of advanced technologies like canine total elbow replacement. I also spent time with Dr Noel Fitzpatrick (The Bionic Vet) who was leading his own veterinary revolution. These innovative surgeons inspired me and when I returned to NZ I met my future business partner, Seamus Tredinnick, who was developing patient specific implants for humans. This was a tipping-point for me as it allowed me to leverage my surgical experience with Seamus’ expertise in the biomedical technology sphere. These factors led us to found Oss|Ability with the aim of simplifying and advancing veterinary surgery using world-class technologies.

Seamus, what is your previous experience developing medical implants?

I have been involved with the design and application of 3D printed titanium implants since 2007. Initially these products were one-off devices for complex hip reconstructions for a handful of surgeons. These products have been incredibly successful and are now a leading solution in the patient specific implant market. In addition to my role in the driving seat of Oss|Ability, I am involved with other human orthopaedic companies to develop implant products and university based research into tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

Brent, how has your experience led you to develop a system so other surgeons can minimize their learning curve?

The first orthopaedic surgery I performed was a dog’s radius and ulnar fracture in the UK. Unfortunately I applied the plate incorrectly and it failed shortly after surgery. My search for operative excellence began. At first I believed that training with leading orthopaedic surgeons and clocking up years of experience was the answer, but occasionally mistakes still crept into my surgeries. Eventually I discovered that the answer to shortening the learning curve and reducing errors is to use the principles of engineering, not just experience.

New Zealand surgeons have been fast to adopt Oss|Ability’s TTA Wedge System. Has the positive response encouraged Oss|Ability to create any new products for the veterinary industry?

The veterinary industry is an innovation engine and we have found surgeons are quick to take full advantage of new products and technology. We are working with a fantastic group of surgeons to not only refine our existing products but to develop exciting new solutions as well. We have one new product in particular that we think is going to revolutionise the way we think about veterinary orthopaedics, stay tuned!

What is the significance of Oss|Ability being a New Zealand based company?

Our business model allows us to base ourselves anywhere in the world. Being headquartered in New Zealand certainly helps us to attract talented employees as well as giving us access to fantastic local suppliers throughout Australasia. Currently we manufacture all our products in either New Zealand or Australia and have found that we can produce top quality products at globally competitive rates. We have found that the Australasian veterinary community is highly innovative and it suits us to be at the centre of that.

Seamus, what is the driving force that gets you out of bed each morning?

We have an amazing opportunity to make a positive impact on pets and pet owners lives and it is a privilege to be involved with that. It is incredibly satisfying to see a problem, dream about a solution, and to be part of the team that makes that become reality. At the end of the day, it’s a challenge and I love it.

Brent, how do you balance your clinical work with growing a technology business?

The clinical work and developing technologies enhance each other and I spend half my week on each. I am constantly exposed to new clinical challenges and am always asking myself how things can be simpler and better. I then bring those ideas to the team at Oss|Ability. We work together to develop new surgical techniques, implants and instruments. It’s very exciting because other surgeons then get to benefit from all that work.

Where can Australian vets sign up to discover how to use Oss|Ability’s TTA Wedge System?

VetPrac’s upcoming Advances in TTA with Oss|Ability – Dry Lab One Day Workshop, May 27th, Education Development Centre, 4 Milner St, HindmarshSA 5007. Click here to register.

Brent Higgins is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, a Director of Oss|Ability and works as an orthopaedic surgeon at VetSpecs, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Seamus Tredinnick is CEO of Oss|Ability.

Advances In TTA Technique Workshop

Dear Colleagues,

I wanted to let you know about our upcoming Advances in TTA Technique Workshop.

This one day workshop is with the Oss|Ability Wedge System, which reduces the risk of avoidable complications seen using the original TTA technique. We are excited to bring this one day dry-lab workshop to help you update and improve your skills in this procedure to Australia in May 2016.

You will revise :

# Complications associated with commonly applied TPA altering surgeries

You will develop skills in :

# Case discussion on complications with TTA
# Understanding Implants for TTA Quality and Function
# In depth review of approach of technique
# New advances in implant and instrument design
# How New Technology Can make your surgeries better and faster
# To practice adjustments in the TTA method under specialist guidance

If you’d like to come a long and take your TTA skills up a notch click here to learn more!

Warmly,

Dr Ilana Mendels

An interview with Lisa Miksis

Lisa Miksis – VP and Co-Owner
Degree: BS- Biology

Laser Therapy – What is it?

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT), also known as photobiomodulation, is a painless treatment that uses clinically tested wavelengths of light to stimulate natural biological processes leading to faster healing and pain relief. Like plants absorbing sunlight through photosynthesis, cells in the body absorb laser energy that stimulates the body to release pain relieving compounds, increases circulation and energizes the cells to participate in the healing process. There are no side effects and many times laser therapy can take the place of pharmaceuticals and surgery to treat long-term, degenerative diseases.

1. How did you come to be involved in Canine Laser Therapy?

Respond Systems is a second generation, family-owned veterinary therapy device company that manufactures both laser and pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy systems. For over 30 years, we have been working with both the equine and canine veterinarians, researchers and therapists to ensure we have the most effective, efficient and reliable therapy systems on the market.

3. Is all Laser therapy the same? All laser therapy is not the same. It is very important to thoroughly research any laser you are considering adding to your practice to ensure that it is the best system for you and your clients. Key factors you should consider are:

a. Wavelength: Different wavelengths have been studied and have been shown to be more effective than others. 808nm has been shown to have the greatest depth of penetration. 670nm has a high absorption at the surface of the skin so is extremely efficient for wound care. 904nm has the ability to be Super-Pulsed and achieve a very high depth of penetration which can reach into deep tissue and joints.

b. Power: When it comes to power, too little cannot deliver the effective dose and too much can overheat tissue and even burn. It is a balancing act. Class 3b and Class 4 are both equally as effective for use in laser therapy however, high power Class 4 lasers can reduce the treatment time which can we quite beneficial in high volume clinics with a dozen or more laser treatments a day. We have engineered our Class 4 to deliver laser energy quickly and safely with no burning that can be experienced with other Class 4 laser systems. Our Class 3b systems have been delivering effective treatments for over 30 years.

c. Treatment in Contact Mode: You should always administer laser therapy with the probe in contact with the skin to minimize the space where the laser light can get scattered. A common thought is that the therapist should wave the probe over the area to be treated however, this causes significant loss in laser energy between the probe and the tissue being treated so proper dosing becomes incredibly difficult to determine.

4. How do decide when laser therapy is appropriate compared with other modalities of rehabilitation?

This is best determined by the veterinarian or certified rehabilitation therapist. Many times laser therapy is used in conjunction with other modalities to complement each other and to customize a program specific to each individual case. Most conditions that either suffer from or result in inflammation, poor circulation, limited movement and/or pain can benefit from laser therapy.

5. You run a successful business, how do manage to do so much?

At Respond, having 30 years of client feedback and relationships with vets, therapists and researchers has enabled us to build a very strong network. This network is what empowers us to do what we do. It takes a village, as they say, and we have an extended village across the veterinary therapy world that helps us manage and guide the growth and innovation of Respond Systems.

6. Do you have any pets yourself?

Of course! We have one spunky tri-pod rescue dog, two cats and my daughter would never let me forget the Betta fish, Eunice, who keeps the cats occupied all day long.
7. What advise would you give to a vet wanting to learn more about laser therapy?

Do your research into the options out there paying attention to power, wavelength and the support offered by the company. Ask questions of the companies you are interested in AND of your colleagues you trust in your field.

8. Is there a website for your products where we can find out more?

Respondsystems.com

9. Why do you think its important for veterinarians to follow through after treatments with rehabilitation therapy?

Laser therapy is most commonly administered for conditions that impact soft tissue including ligaments and tendons. The therapy can decrease inflammation, reduce pain and accelerate healing due to injury or a chronic condition. That condition or injury has weakened the tissue and in a majority of cases has caused compensatory issues elsewhere in the body. Rehabilitation therapy is crucial to help build back strength, mobility and flexibility to ensure the body can recover from the injury and strengthen the tissue to help prevent future complications.
10. Do you think anyone can be a rehabilitation provider?

Rehabilitation therapy requires a comprehensive understanding of not only anatomy and biology but also how the body interacts with its surroundings including diet, pharmaceuticals and lifestyle. An effective rehabilitation provider needs education and training, both academic and hands-on, in all of those areas. It requires a commitment and passion for both the animals and the science. Overarching all of that is patience. Patience with the owner, the animal, the process. So to answer that question, in my mind, not everyone is cut out to be a rehabilitation provider, but for those who are, it is an incredibly rewarding field that helps make lives better each and every day!

11. Would you like to add anything else?

Respond Systems has been successful in the field of laser and PEMF therapy for over 30 years for two reasons: one being our commitment to innovation and service, and the other our partnerships within the industry. We prefer the term partner to customer. We love nothing more than open conversations with our scientific and customer partners to ensure we are providing the best product possible to help make thousands of animals healthier, happier and living a life of comfort and quality!