The world of animal health care has changed a great deal in recent years, with many of the most significant technological advances in the field mirroring advances made in the field of human healthcare. In many ways, veterinary health care is far more complicated than human healthcare, largely because whereas human beings all share the same basic anatomy, there are many nuances and oddities that the vet must familiarize themselves with.

Despite these differences, the presentation of many diseases and the diagnostic tests required to establish their presence remains the same between species. Consequently, many of the technologies on this list will be familiar from their use in human medicine.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has been one of the most significant medical technology advances of recent times. MRIs allow doctors to see the internal structure of patients in unprecedented detail and has completely revolutionized our ability to identify and diagnose a wide range of medical conditions. Its use in veterinary medicine is the same as in human medicine and it has proven particularly useful for diagnosing cancers in areas of the body, such as the brain, which is difficult to otherwise image and cannot be easily targeted with exploratory surgery.

As well as effectively imaging patient’s brains, MRIs are also useful for assessing the state of other soft tissues prior to surgery. If you would like to learn more about how these films technologies are used to treat animals, then check out this career guide from

MRIs offer a powerful tool for obtaining accurate imaging of an animal’s insides. However, as with humans, the animal is required to remain completely still for an MRI and they are often sedated. Again, just as with humans, sedation always carries with it a small amount of risk. Therefore, it is useful to have alternative options. Ultrasound imaging is the perfect solution; it is cheaper than an MRI and, while it doesn’t offer quite the same level of detail as an MRI, it is still a very effective means of imaging animals.

Laparoscopy involves the use of a small camera with an attached light source, which can be inserted into either the abdominal or thoracic cavity, to allow vets to see within the animal’s body. Laparoscopy allows for vets to see inside an animal optically, whereas other methods, such as MRIs and ultrasounds, instead rely on indirect imaging methods. The laparoscopy, therefore, offers a very clear and well-defined image of what’s going on inside.

Microfracture Detection
This technology has proven to be particularly useful for monitoring the health of thoroughbred racehorses. During training, these animals are prone to developing microscopic bone fissures. If ignored, these can develop into full fractures and potentially end a horse’s career. Micro-fissures detection makes use of sonic waves that are produced by micro-fissures and is able to detect them early.

Veterinary technology continues to move from strength to strength. The technologies above are just a selection of those which are transforming the field.


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