Providing our patients and their owners with the highest quality in care and services
has always been our priority at Vets In Practice, and we have made it a point to only use the absolute best technological resources the industry has to offer.
As such we take pride in being at the forefront of setting the standard for quality in
veterinary healthcare in the country, and in being the first to acquire and utilize the latest state-of-the-art technology and equipment available.
Automated hematology / CBC
Acquired in 2008, this is a fully-automated, five-part differential
hematology analyzer displaying a comprehensive 22-parameter
complete blood count (CBC) with cellular histograms on an easy-to-read touch-screen. It has the ability to analyze 15 common species of animals using only a drop of blood per sample, with results out in as little as 3 to 4 minutes.
Automated blood chemistry
Made available to us together with the HM5 in 2008, this is a
state-of-the-art chemistry, electrolyte, immunoassay and blood gas analyzer that delivers accurate results with just two drops of blood in 12 minutes.
Having both the HM5 and VS2 at our fingertips has made sending out blood samples to a human lab a thing of the past; no more waiting overnight for results and no chance of samples being misplaced. Now we are able to test, diagnose, discuss with clients and begin treatment all in the same visit.
In 2012 we shifted from the traditional photographic film to digital
x-ray imaging. Digital x-rays provide quicker, clearer and easier
to handle digital images, eliminating the time as well as the toxic
chemicals used to develop old film x-rays. Images can be manipulated
and enhanced even after they are taken, providing for better and more
accurate diagnosis, and can be viewed in ways not possible with films,
as well as digitally transferred and stored in the patient’s
Like a regular ultrasound machine, a Doppler ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images. But it has the further advantage of being able to show blood flow through different organs, particularly the heart and those in the abdomen. For the heart, the process of echocardiography can determine overall cardiac function by showing blood flow through the heart's chambers and valves. And the most common use for abdominal ultrasounds is pregnancy diagnosis, as well as determination which is possible as early as 21 days after mating, and is confirmatory at 30 days.
Rigid and Flexible Endoscopes
Our wide array of scopes, both rigid and flexible, allow us to diagnose conditions through visual examination of different organ systems and body parts, for both dogs and cats, as well as exotic and avian patients. Through endoscopy we can check for foreign bodies in the esophagus, ulcers in the stomach, colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, nasal polyps, and even avian sexing, just to name a few. Furthermore, our scopes are equipped with a variety of forceps which allow us to retrieve foreign bodies and even obtain tissue samples for biopsy.
Patient Monitoring System
At Vets In Practice, we make patient monitoring the most vital part of proper patient care, which is why we use multi-parameter monitoring devices that measure vital signs such as heart and pulse rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, body temperature and oxygen levels in the blood. All our surgical, intensive care and critically ill patients are monitored constantly until stable.
Our syringe pumps are used to administer small amounts of fluid or medication continuously over a prolonged period of time. This is particularly useful for small and tiny patients who can easily become over-hydrated if regular intravenous sets are used. We also use syringe pumps to deliver a steady flow of pain-killers and anti-vomiting medication to maintain stable levels in the blood.
We use infusion pumps mainly to administer intravenous fluids accurately at a rate which is calculated depending on the patient's hydration status. Fluid is delivered under pressure, thereby lessening the chances of the IV line being blocked - a common occurrence when the confined patient moves or turns around in their cage.
A tonometer is the best diagnostic tool in determining pressure levels in the eye, known as intraocular pressure. Glaucoma, which is an eye condition where there is increased pressure, can be very painful and can lead to blindness if untreated. Older dogs and certain dog breeds are prone to this condition. Having a tonometer makes it quick, easy and convenient to check your dog's eye pressure.
In veterinary medicine, a refractometer is used mainly to measure two things: the specific gravity of urine, and the total plasma protein in a blood sample.
The specific gravity of a urine sample shows a patient's hydration levels, which determine the amount and rate of IV fluids that should be administered to a dehydrated patient.
Measuring the total plasma protein in a blood sample aids in diagnosing conditions such as blood loss, malnutrition, kidney disease and intestinal disease, where protein levels in the blood fall below normal.
Dental X-ray Machine
Our newly-acquired portable dental x-ray system allows us to examine the internal anatomy of the teeth, the roots and the bone that surrounds them, while producing superior-quality and sharper images compared to standard radiographs.
With this we can make accurate diagnoses which provide the basis for understanding the prognoses and deciding what treatment should be used.