The Surgical Discovery Centre is perfectly placed to work with staff at the Queen's Veterinary School Hospital on a range of research projects across disciplines. Linking in to provide assistance with well-established, long-running projects; supporting new research ideas and starting new projects together with the QVSH staff, clients, and patients.
Current research includes:
Objective assessment of the use of Focused Shockwave therapy to treat orthopaedic small animal patients.
In collaboration with Storz Medical (Switzerland) and Dr Kirsten Hausler at TierPhysiotherapie (Germany) we are researching the effects of focused shockwave therapy in the treatment of orthopaedic patients at the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital. Using our recently installed shockwave unit alongside the Tekscan animal gait analysis system we can obtain objective data on the outcomes of treatment for a variety of conditions, with particular interest in osteoarthritis.
The use of Whole-Body Barometric Plethysmography to calculate BOAS index in dogs with Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome, and as an objective demonstration of the effectiveness of new surgical techniques.
Investigating infection by looking at the components of synovial fluid for infected and non-infected joints
Preliminary assessment of an ultrasonographic screening method to identify the location of the ureteric openings in clinically normal Golden retrievers
Urodynamics and the investigation and management of urinary incontinence
The Surgical Discovery Centre (SDC) will coordinate an expanded programme of clinical trials in novel orthopaedic treatments for dogs and cats seen within the clinical services at the Queens Veterinary School Hospital (QVSH).