In the last few decades, veterinary care has made leaps and bounds in technological advances. Human interaction and sound education will always be the basis for great care, but there’s no denying that recent technology has made our jobs a little easier while giving our patients the best chance of a positive outcome. From animal care to research to record-keeping, here are some of the newest technologies used by veterinary professionals today.
Human medicine has been utilizing 3D printing technology for the last few years, and it has proved useful for veterinary medicine, as well. One of the most well-known examples is how the technology was used to create a lightweight face mask to cover the hole in a turtle’s face that was left after an injury. In common daily practice, 3D printing can be used in surgical planning, student education and to assist in communication with an animal’s owner.
Practice Management Software
For tech-savvy veterinarians with stable internet access, they may consider switching from their server-based software to cloud-based practice management software. With most software, unique features are available, such as inventory features, lab communication and website integration. The ease of use and cost can vary, but it is often an easy way for clients to feel more connected to their veterinarian because they can access pet records online anytime.
Anyone with equine experience knows that bone failure is detrimental to the health of a thoroughbred racehorse. The rigorous training can result in microscopic bone fractures that can quickly become more severe. Because microfractures can now be detected in early stages, early detection is a key component of preventative care for the bone health of racehorses.
Advances in the field of molecular genetics are making waves in the field of veterinary medicine. For breeding, treatment of hereditary illnesses and pharmaceuticals, genetics can target problems at a cellular level. Though there are safety and ethical issues to consider, the future of the technology is promising.
The most useful technology for each vet will vary based on staff, patients, expertise, etc. However, these four categories are among the newest in the industry. The best vets have knowledge of new technologies, but also knowledge that can only come from years of experience in the field. This is why programs for aspiring veterinarians and vet techs cover such a wide range of information throughout the course of the program.