“…the systolic blood pressure readings were virtually identical between the three units, however the Vet-Dop was much more sensitive in detecting arterial blood flow.  This means that the blood pressure determinations were performed more rapidly and more consistently using the Vet-Dop.  It is my opinion that the Vet-Dop is a significant improvement in obtaining systolic blood pressure readings compared to the other Doppler equipment that I used in this trial.”   Gary Norsworthy, DVM, Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Feline Specialty), Alamo Feline Health Center

    “The Vmed Vet-Dop was used on numerous dogs and cats ranging from 2 kg-70 kg during surgical, post-op and emergency stabilization procedures.  We were able to detect the pulse very quickly and maintained the position of the transducer easily with the Velcro straps provided.  The blood flow sounds emitted from the Vet-Dop was clearer, eliminating the distracting noise routinely found on the Parks Doppler.”  Andrea Battaglia, LVT, VSC/AEC of CNY, Director of Nursing, Syracuse, NY

“The Vet-Dop technology is so easy to use and represents an essential piece of equipment that every practice should have.  We now have a true veterinary Doppler.  My trial evaluation of the Vet-Dop revealed not one single problem.  Because of the large number of cases with hypertension-the Vet-Dop is the answer in diagnosing and establishing a treatment regimen.”  Larry Tilley, DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine), VETMED Consultants, Inc., Santa Fe, NM.

“I had to write and let you know how pleased we are (as pet owners) with the Vet-Dop.  It is very simple to use as you stated.  I am so thankful to have this equipment for our dog, as now WE can monitor her more closely!  It’s a great machine!!!!!!  Thank you!  Dana, Pottsville, PA

Wireless Monitors

I have to tell you that we love our VetGard and VetChek monitors.  I have some “traditional” monitors in the hospital and I can’t get the staff to use them.  They’re all dusty.We Bluetooth the monitors to a couple of very inexpensive tablets that are connected to large TV monitors in the ORs of the hospital.  When we’re in surgery it is very easy for anyone present to see the monitor and tell how the patient is doing.  When we go to radiology or CT (in house), we just disconnect the tablet and move it with the patient. Super easy.We did a lung lobe resection on a Jack Russell Terrier this week, and it was very reassuring to watch the oximetry and EtCO2 stabilize on the ventilator and remain stable during the procedure. If there is anything we can do for you, please let me know.  We would be happy to provide images of how we use the monitors in our facility should you like them.  John R Wright, DVM, Fort Walton Beach, FL, Surgery@SurgeryVet.com, 850 737-2333, September, 2017

I have used the VetGard+ monitor in our AAHA hospital since 2009 and have been impressed with its performance, and with the excellent support we receive.  I spent 3 years looking for a quality and reliable patient monitor that would perform continual ECG’s, Blood pressure, Pulse Oximetry, capnometry, and core temperature.  It was essential that it automatically produce a permanent computer record that I could easily access, reproduce, print, and compare to prior ECG’s.  Many of the monitors that I tried and reviewed could not do that at that time.  Larry Tilley made me aware of the VetGard+ monitor, which fit all of my criteria.  I have the software installed on several laptops, so I always have a backup from which to run the monitor, or run the companion VetChek ECG unit simultaneously on another patient.  We also use the monitor in exam rooms for BP’s and ECGs.  The patient information easily auto populates from our AVImark software. Whenever I’ve needed parts, technical support or service, I’ve received it in a very helpful and timely manner.  They are wonderful people to work with.  Michael R. Andrews, DVM, President Tallmadge Animal Hospital, March, 2017

I have owned a PC vetgard for 10 years.It has been a bedrock or reliability and is a superb multiparameter montor . The staff at Vmedtech has always been very helpful and their customer service has been outstanding.I would highly recommend these monitors to anyone looking for reliable and accurate anesthetic monitoring. Dr Carl Darby, Seneca Falls Veterinary Hospital March, 2017

He just wanted to call and say how EXTREMELY HAPPY he is with the VG+/VetChek systems he bought at the AVMA last year.  He did some calculations and he has already nearly had the monitors pay for themselves and also improved his standard of care.  He especially likes the BP functionality and ECG interpretation (he has used Dr. Carr on several occasions by emailing the raw data files for consultation). He also likes the ability to provide his customers a printout of the reports.  He said to please feel free to use him as a reference anytime he said it was the best investment he has ever made for his practice.  Dr. Moss at Kaysville Veterinary Clinic in Utah, March, 2015

I have owned a VetGard+ for 10 years. It has been a bedrock of reliability and is a superb multi-parameter monitor. The staff at Vmedtech has always been very helpful and their customer service has been outstanding. I would highly recommend this monitor to anyone looking for reliable and accurate anesthetic monitoring.  Dr Carl Darby, Seneca Falls Veterinary Hospital

“I am writing this letter in reference to my recent purchase of the PC-VetGard Wireless Patient Monitor.  I have a four doctor veterinary hospital in New York and have been personally practicing for 18 years.  My associates and I have been overwhelmed by the performance and ease of the use of this monitor. We have had the unit for less than 3 months and it has already paid for itself.  We routinely use it for every surgery, charging $45.00 for surgical monitoring and frequent cardiac work-ups, geriatric screens and any case with a heart murmur or monitoring critical cases.  I would highly recommend this unit for its quality, ease of use, record keeping and its income potential.  We have the unit set up on lap top computers and have been so happy with the product and results that we are now establishing 19″ flat screen wall monitors in our surgical and dental suites.”  Dr. Ned Horowitz, Massapequa Pet Vet, 5404 Merrick Road, Massapequa, NY, 11758, Phone: 516 797-8387, FAX 516 797-8390

“In a busy referral and specialty practice, it can be difficult to put a hand on every animal as often as you would like.  The VetChek and VetGard+ are just like having that extra pair of hands you need in emergency situations. These monitors have improved our ability to monitor and manage critical cases as well as animals recovering from anesthesia.  We have set up our monitoring system in our ICU with a 32 inch LCD monitor that can be viewed by anybody working in the hospital.  The amazing thing is how easy it was to install and use.  This has been the best wireless monitoring system I have used in the 15 years I have practiced emergency and critical care medicine.  I highly recommend it to any emergency, critical care or referral service wishing to more closely monitor patients.”   Adam Reiss, DVM, DACVECC, Veterinary Specialty Center, 3265 Biddle Road, Medford, OR, 97504, Phone 541 282-7711

August 5, 2008 : 10:22 AM ET It may only be a piece of machinery, but the new surgical monitor that Best Friends Animal Society recently acquired (with the generous donations of its members) is creating a lot of buzz around the sanctuary. The monitor could help staff save the lives of more animals, especially birds that have to be sedated during surgery.Called the PC-VetGard, the hand-held monitor reads four different vital signs: pulse, oxygen concentration, respiration rate and body temperature. It sends those readings to a remote laptop, which then displays the data upon its screen in real time, allowing the surgeons and assisting vet techs to be much more cognizant of the patient’s condition while he or she is under anesthesia.Attached to the monitor is a probe that is inserted into the animal’s esophagus, providing a significantly more precise reading of pulse and temperature than the monitor and methods formerly used at the Best Friends clinic. The previous monitor could read only pulse and oxygen concentration, and wasn’t nearly as acute at monitoring the slight pulse of birds. So, the vet tech often had to use a stethoscope to listen for pulse and his/her hand and eye to monitor breathing.“In my experience,” says Best Friends wildlife rehabilitator Carmen Smith, who has assisted in several surgeries, “birds are the most difficult animal to monitor under anesthesia – and the easiest to lose.” But with the new, much more accurate monitor, birds – as well as bunnies, kittens and any other animal with slight pulses and respiration rates – will have a much greater chance of making it through surgery.And already the monitor has proven its weight in gold, allowing Dr. Debra Nicholson to successfully flush out the infected knee joint of Burt, a domestic duck under Best Friends’ care … and an animal who could have otherwise slipped away.Story by Ted BrewerThe work of Best Friends is possible only because of your generous support. Please help us reach our goal of No More Homeless Pets.


advisory board


Anthony P. Carr
Dr. med. vet. DACVIM

Fredric L. Frye
DVM, MSc, CBiol, FIBiol, Fellow,
Royal Society of Medicine

Gary Norsworthy

Adam J. Reiss

Larry Tilley

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