Like many aspects of our lives, veterinary practice has seen tremendous changes over the last few decades. Animals are living longer and healthier lives, technology means information can be exchanged quickly and accurately, and in the small animal clinic there are huge advances in the equipment and medications we deal with every day that makes it possible to treat many conditions safely and effectively in our animals.


Some of the advances are minor but make a huge difference to day to day work. The autoclave, for instance, that means equipment can be sterilized quickly and thoroughly – much less stress than having to boil instruments or have a pressure cooker working (otherwise known as ‘the bomb’!!).


Anaesthetic monitoring has been improved with devices that allow our vet nurses to check an animal’s respiration, heart rate and oxygen level on a continuous basis – much safer than in the past, when the harassed vet nurse used to have to answer the phone, deal with the front desk, assist the vet and watch the anaesthetic all at the same time!


Surgical techniques are constantly evolving, and procedures that were cutting edge 25 years ago are now done as routine in surgeries across the country. Of course, this also means that the cutting edge surgery has become a realm of specialists and extremely sophisticated equipment – CT scans and MRI’s are now standard in surgical referral clinics. Complex neurological surgeries, orthopaedics and removal of invasive tumours are all in a days work for the surgical specialists.


It isn’t all surgical either. Advances in medical treatment are giving longer and happier lives to our pets. Drugs have become better ever since penicillin was first introduced and now medications can treat everything from arthritis to diabetes, heart failure to cancer with spectacular success.


Yet, in spite of all this, there still has to be a human component – the most sophisticated procedure or drug is of no use without the veterinarian to use it! Here at Clutha Vets we are proud to offer our clients the very best that veterinary medicine has to offer. We have been doing it for the last hundred years and will continue to do so through the decades ahead – who knows  what the future will bring?