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May issue /2022

TECHNOLOGICAL EVOLUTION OF VETERINARY MEDICINE

Veterinary medicine contemplates incredible evolutions and currently it would be unthinkable to practice this noble profession without the technologies that surround us. But have you ever wondered how it all began? Where did it all come from?

Join the VetExpertise time machine and let yourself be enchanted by this short but incredible journey.

Talking about the evolution of veterinary medicine without mentioning names like Elinor McGrath or James Harlan Steele would be like talking about Amazon, for example, without mentioning the admirable entrepreneur Jeffrey Preston.

Although veterinary medicine was already practiced in 3000 BC by Urlugaledinna, in a very rudimentary way and with very archaic knowledge, it was in 1761 that Claude Bourgelat created the first veterinary school in France and made our beloved and unequalled profession official. Through military influences, veterinary medicine began to be practiced on horses. Years later, it was extended to production animals with their use in agriculture. Much later it became a science concerned with animal welfare and public health and extended to companion and exotic animals (RCVS Knowledge, 2022).

The knowledge at the time was very scarce and the technologies almost non-existent, but the evolution of veterinary medicine was only possible thanks to great influencers such as Buster Lloyd-Jones, the great genius of animal surgery, Elinor McGrath the first woman to practice veterinary medicine, Louis J. Camuti, the newcomer of feline medicine or even Mary Knight Dunlap, founder of the association of women veterinarians.

The difficulties faced by these professionals were immense, but their efforts and creative minds transformed veterinary medicine into the incredible science it is today.

Today there is not a clinic that does not have a computer database of its patients. However, it all started with handwritten cards that needed constant updating and preservation. Imagine what your huge database would look like described on endless paper cards filed away in big, rusty metal cupboards. A simple, airy reception turned into a dusty, dark archive. It would be unimaginable... In the April 2022 issue of VetScience, you can see an X-ray in the year 1930 that looks nothing like it does today. It is estimated that this technology, so essential and currently performed with a simple click of a pedal, was first practiced on animals in the year 1981, 10 years after being initiated in human medicine. Clearly, radiological protection was not yet a concern at the time.

In the April 2022 issue of VetScience, you can see an X-ray in the year 1930 that looks nothing like it does today (figure on the left from VetScience).

It is estimated that this technology, so essential and currently performed with a simple click of a pedal, was first practiced on animals in the year 1981, 10 years after being initiated in human medicine. Clearly, radiological protection was not yet a concern at the time.

A stethoscope is an intrinsic accessory that no veterinarian can do without. René Laennec, was its inventor. Our beloved and esteemed Litmann emerged from a piece of cylindrical paper tied with string that René Laennec made in 1819 to auscultate one of his patients. I bet that when you put your Litmann around your neck you will think about this!

We are undoubtedly living in amazing times in technological evolution! In the last 10 - 15 years veterinary medicine has evolved more than in the previous 100 years. The introduction of advanced imaging procedures such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, the evolution of laboratory machines, x-ray machines, the creation of 3D printers for implants, bionic prostheses, etc.! How incredible is what technology allows us to achieve today!

Are telemedicine and veterinary teleconsultation part of the technological evolution?

We believe so! We believe that VetExpertise is one of the technologies that can change your life as a veterinary professional! We are your virtual team of veterinary experts and we will bring to you the best solution and the most updated knowledge for your clinical cases. It has never been easier to have quality of life at work and to provide top quality service, regardless of your geographical location or your physical veterinary team. And all this just a click away!!!

Our technological journey has come to an end, but don't take your belts off or get up from your seats without first telling us what you think our profession will look like in a few years time. Will our x-ray machines be replaced by simple mobile applications? Will physiological parameters be obtained with a simple scan?

We wish all our readers a fabulous May!

Remember always WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER!

Yours always,

Vetexpertise Team