Veterinary neurologist in Sarasota, Fla., cites advances in veterinary medical care and increasing human-animal bond for business growth as well as growth of a relatively rare pet care specialty. Investment in costly new veterinary MRI machine is paying off despite economy.
Sareasota, Fla. (PRWEB) March 31, 2009 - Veterinary Neuro Services has installed the first in-house veterinary MRI on Southwest Florida's Gulf Coast as part of an expansion of its veterinary neurology and neurosurgery clinic here.
The Esaote Grande MRI, which is built especially for veterinary use, required an investment of $500,000 for the machine and its installation, according to Dr. Anne Chauvet, the veterinary neurologist and neurosurgeon who founded Veterinary Neuro Services. Even though the MRI was a large investment for her veterinary practice, it is paying off, she said, with more than 500 scans expected to be complete in its first year of operation.
Chauvet cites rapid advancements in veterinary medical care for conditions like brain tumors or strokes in dogs and the increasingly deep bond between humans and their animal companions for fueling double-digit annual growth of her business. "Since we moved to this clinic in 2003, our revenues have grown an average of 20 percent per year, making it feasible to invest $500,000 in the practice," she said. "Many owners consider their pets to be members of their families and want the latest technology and advanced medical treatments for all kinds of disorders like seizures in cats as well as cancers, spinal surgeries and brain tumors that would have led to euthanasia not too many years ago."
According to a study released by the American Veterinary Medical Association in January 2008, 49.7 percent of 50,000 survey respondents consider their pets to be family, 48.2 percent consider them to be companions while only 2.1 percent consider them to be property.
Chauvet said with an MRI now available 24/7, it offers a significant advantage in emergency cases, such as trauma or paralysis in dogs, where quick surgical treatment can make the difference between a dog that gets back on its feet and one that doesn't. Operation of the MRI and accurate reading of the scans requires a dedicated, trained MRI technician, and Chauvet also traveled to Italy, where the machine is manufactured, to complete training in advanced MRI techniques aimed at better diagnosis of neurological disorders including ruptured spinal discs, brain and spinal tumors and lesions as well as many other conditions.
Veterinary neurology is a relatively rare specialty, according to Chauvet, who is one of only about 150 veterinary neurologists and neurosurgeons in North America. Veterinary neurologists treat brain, spinal cord and neuromuscular conditions in animals, mostly dogs and cats.
"We are fortunate that advancements in medical training and technology allow us to treat serious conditions successfully and ensure our veterinary patients recover with a good quality of life so their owners may enjoy their companionship as long as possible," Chauvet said.
About Veterinary Neuro Services:
Dr. Anne Chauvet, one of about 150 veterinary neurologists and neurosurgeons in North America, is the founder of Veterinary Neuro Services in Sarasota, Fla. Veterinary Neuro Services treats brain, spinal cord and neuromuscular conditions in animals and is the only strictly neurology and neurosurgery practice on Florida's Gulf Coast. More information is available by calling 941-929-1818 or online at www.PetNeuro.com.
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