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Newsroom Releases 2014 March Vet surgeon in north for hip visit

21/03/2014
Vet surgeon in north for hip visit
JCU's veterinary emergency centre and hospital, JCUVet, has performed four hip replacements on dogs with the help of a Melbourne veterinary specialist.

Vet surgeon in north for hip visit

James Cook University’s veterinary emergency centre and hospital, JCUVet, has performed four hip replacements on dogs with the help of a Melbourne veterinary specialist.

Dr Chris Preston, principle veterinarian and registered specialist in small animal surgery at the Pet Emergency & Specialist Centre, made the trip from Melbourne to Townsville to lead the procedure today (Friday 21 March).

Dr Preston is a specialist in orthopaedic operations and leads Australia in canine arthroscopy as well as joint replacements for arthritis.

Veterinary staff assisted Dr Preston in the two-hour operation to replace a hip on four large cross-breed dogs that have a debilitating joint disease.

Dr Margaret Reilly, Director of JCUVet, said the procedure not only provided a safe and timely service for their referral patients, it offered a learning opportunity for staff.

“We were so pleased to have Dr Preston provide his service to our patients and for our staff to watch his routine and techniques – he’s a rock star in the veterinary world,” she said.

“It’s much easier and safer for the patients to have the operation in their home town instead of putting them on a plane. Post-operatively it will provide a better outcome and it’s more convenient for our clients.”

“Our post-operative service is an important element as we operate 24-hours daily to provide a great level of care for the dogs.”

JCUVet is the only veterinary emergency centre and specialist referral hospital north of the Sunshine Coast that functions as an after-hours emergency and critical care service, a specialist referral centre and clinical training facility for final year JCU veterinary students.

JCU Media Liaison: Gemma Bauman, tel: (07) 4781 4990 or 0402 864 636

Issued Friday 21st of March 2014