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Veterinary Orthotics & Prosthetics (V-OP) vs others
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Veterinary Orthotics & Prosthetics (V-OP): Professional V-OP Provider vs others
A V-OP provider ensures that each design is biomechanically correct to achieve the results and outcomes that the referring Veterinarian has prescribed in a safe and biomechanically correct solution. The health and wellbeing of the animal patient depends upon this!
A (V-OP) provider is able prescribe, design, manufacture, and dispense a custom orthosis (brace) or prosthesis (artificial limb) for animal patients. A V-OP provider must have a licensed Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine on staff to prescribe a custom orthosis or prosthesis. No other professional has the credentials, or “letters” after their name to prescribe a custom orthosis (brace), prosthesis (artifical limb), or similar medical device.
Helping animals is a very rewarding and fulfilling endeavour and it is understandable why others attempt to do so. However, animals are biomechanically different than the human patient. As such, a V-OP manufacturer needs to have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine on staff to ensure the safety and success of any orthosis or prosthesis is obtained.
You want the best for your pet. When you are researching V-OP providers or your referring veterinarian is prescribing a brace or artificial limb, make sure you are working with a Veterinarian Owned V-OP manufacturer.
Full Time ClinicOrthoPets is the only Veterinary Orthotic and Prosthetic Clinic that is open full time daily, Monday-Friday 9am to 5:00 PM in Denver, CO.
OrthoPets was founded by Amy & Martin Kaufmann in 2003 by integrating their combined experience in the fields of Human Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Pedorthotics with Adult Distance Education into the animal health care industry. D.V.M. Patrice Mich became co-owner of OrthoPets, V-OP and is the driving force behind OrthoPets Denver Center for Animal Pain Management and V-OP Mobility Solutions.
OrthoPets is solely dedicated to our 4 legged friends! This allows our staff to focus on the needs and solutions our patients require to enjoy their quality of life.
We look forward to Supporting our Patients Quality of Life Through Innovative Prosthetic & Orthotic Solutions
OrthoPets Qualified StaffOrthoPets representatives are available for consultations with out of state and out of country clients via phone or video conferences. OrthoPets custom made devices are: Stifle (ACL Knee), Carpus (wrist), Tarsus (Hock, ankle), and Elbow Braces. We also offer custom made prosthetics.
Martin Kaufmann, BSBA, Prosthetic/Orthotic Technologist, C-Ped, Owner & FounderMartin Kaufmann began his career as an Orthotic & Prosthetic Technologist after graduating from Century College. He enjoyed a rewarding 12 year career working with several companies including Tamarack Habilitations Technologies Inc, The Shriners Hospital (Intermountain Unit), & Winkley's Orthopedics designing, fabricating, fitting, and modifying custom Orthotic & Prosthetic devices. During his career, he graduated from Temple University Podiatric Department with a Pedorthotic Practitioner degree and the University of Phoenix with a Business Administration degree.
The combination of his clinical, technical, and business education has lead Martin to manage and direct multiple orthotic & prosthetic departments and companies before turning his time and talent to founding OrthoPets.
Martin lectures at many major universities, consults with hundreds of Veterinarians, has published works in the "North American Rehabilitation Guide", and continues to advance the new profession of Veterinary Orthotics & Prosthetics.
Amy Kaufmann MS, Co-owner & FounderAmy has a Masters level education in Adult Education and Distance Learning. This skill enables OrthoPets to provide our Referring Veterinarians and patient owners the information they need, when they need it, in a clear and effective manner. Amy is also the Practice Manager and Finance Director for both OrthoPets Veterinary Orthotics & Prosthetics and OrthoPets Center of Animal Pain Management and Mobility.
Patrice M. Mich DVM, MS Diplomate American College of Veterinary AnesthesiologistsPatrice M. Mich DVM, MS began her veterinary career as a primary care practitioner in Arvada Colorado after graduating from Colorado State University. During her 14 years in general practice providing medical, surgical, and dental care to dogs and cats, she pursued advance training in veterinary medical acupuncture, minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, and pet loss and grief. In 2002 she became one of a handful of Colorado veterinarians to complete the rigorous process of becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (www.ABVP.com). Her deep commitment to improving the quality of life of her patients brought her back to Colorado State University in 2005 where she completed a 3 year residency in anesthesia and a 2 year post doctoral fellowship in integrative pain medicine. She became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists (www.ACVA.org) in 2009.
Dr. Mich is the driving force behind OrthoPets Center of Animal Pain Management Clinic and co-owner of OrthoPets, V-OP, the first of its kind of practice dedicated to both advanced pain medicine and mobility solutions for animals. She brings a unique blend of extensive experience as a general practitioner, advanced academic training in anesthesiology and pain medicine, and a strong commitment to innovation in the field of algology (pain science). Veterinary pain management is a new and rapidly developing specialty: current therapies include advanced pharmaceutical approaches, regenerative techniques (e.g. adult stem cell therapy) as well as physical modalities such as acupuncture and low-level of laser therapy. Dr. Mich is actively involved in developing new therapeutic techniques.
Dr. Mich, a Colorado native, is always ready to snowboard, hike, cycle, and kayak. She enjoys speaking and teaching about veterinary anesthesia and pain medicine. Her interests in wildlife anesthesia allow her to pursue another hobby, travel. Recently she traveled to Chiloe, Chile to work with South American sea lions.
OrthoPets has established partnerships and qualified distribution centers across the United States and in England and Australia. We work with Major Universities and Industry leading Veterinary Clinics from around the world! We have trained OrthoPets' Technicians in many major cities across the United States!
OrthoPets ArizonaKate Titus is a certified canine therapeutic and sports massage therapist and owner of A Loyal Companion, LLC (www.aloyalcompanion.com). The company's manta is to keep dogs moving comfortably and OrthoPets is a natural fit.
Kate is the proud mother of two: Harley, a seven year-old a Great Dane/Foxhound/St. Bernard mix, and Kallie, a 17-year old Calico cat. Harley is the inspiration for the business and serves as her practice dummy, photo model, and demo dog. Harley and Kate also volunteer for Gabriel's Angels (www.gabrielsangels.org) and visit kids at the county juvenile detention center.
A 15-year veteran of the magazine publishing industry, Kate returned to something she'd always loved, dogs, to start a new career. She is a graduate of the Rocky Mountain School of Acupressure and Massage and the Triple Crown Academy dog training program. She is available for consultation state-wide and massage sessions in Southern Arizona. Kate can be reached at email@example.com.
OrthoPets CanadaOrthoPets Canada was launched in 2011 by Dr. Susan Calverley, DVM, CCRT. As the medical director and owner of OrthoPets Canada, she sees patients for pain assessments and mobility evaluations at her Veterinary Hospital in Mission, British Columbia and consults on virtual cases across Canada.
OrthoPets Canada has the full clinical and technical support of the OrthoPets Denver clinic. With video case conferencing, frequent trips to Denver and daily conversations, we ensure that product knowledge and development is ongoing and current.
Dr. Susan Calverley, DVM, CCRT grew up in Winnipeg and graduated from the Western college of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. She then moved to British Columbia and has been practicing veterinary medicine at her own small animal practice, Mission Veterinary Hospital, for the past 20 years while raising three daughters and many 4 legged creatures with her husband Nat. Her interest in rehabilitation and physiotherapy in animals was piqued when a good friend opened a swimming pool for dogs in 2001. As a former water polo player, she was interested in how physiotherapy could help her patients, especially the older, arthritic ones. After a trip to Holland for the 4th Symposium on Physical Therapy in Animals in 2006 she pursued her training in animal rehabilitation with the Canine Rehab Institute and became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist in 2009. She currently collaborates with both a human physiotherapist and a chiropractor at her practice outside Vancouver. She is a member of the International Veterinary Association of Pain Management.
When not at work, Dr. Susan enjoys hiking, trap shooting and kayaking as well as spending time with her family at their cabin on Harrison Lake.
OrthoPets EuropeRod and Alison Hunt live in a rural setting in Gloucestershire, in the Southwest of England, and currently share their lives with five Labradors. They have a long term association with dogs, having had Labradors for over thirty years, some of which they have very successfully trained and worked as gundogs. From leaving college, Alison’s business background was initially carved in the field of Customer Services. She ran the CS departments of several companies, before finally setting up and running her own successful Print Broking company for more than 14 years.
Rod comes from a technology & science direction, originally working in mineral research after leaving college. Swapping disciplines, Rod went on to forge a successful twenty one year career in IT.
In 2001 Alison and Rod founded Amberco Canine Hydrotherapy, one of Britain’s first Canine Rehabilitation Centers. Having helped rehab over 1,200 dogs, Rod & Alison closed Amberco in early 2011 to focus 100% on developing OrthoPets Europe, which they launched mid 2009.
OrthoPets AustraliaMichelle graduated as a human physiotherapist in 1996. She always had an interest in the application of physiotherapy principles to small animals and began providing physiotherapy for small animals in veterinary clinics in 2002. Michelle and her husband Greg opened ‘Dogs In Motion Canine Rehabilitation Centers’, the first physiotherapy and hydrotherapy centers for dogs in Australia in July 2002, complete with indoor heated pool. In 2003 she designed and installed the first underwater treadmill for dogs in Australia. As her business grew she installed a second underwater treadmill in a Veterinary Referral Practice in Melbourne in 2005.
In 2004 she completed her Masters of Animal Studies (Animal Physiotherapy) through the University of Queensland, with her research demonstrating the benefits of early post-operative physiotherapy following cruciate surgery, being published in the American Journal of Veterinary Research.
She currently has 6 staff working across 2 locations, delivering animal physiotherapy and hydrotherapy to dogs from all over Melbourne. Since opening the first centers in 2002, more than 35,000 dogs have swum in her pool and 10,000 dogs have exercised in her underwater treadmills, making Michelle the most experienced Aquatic Animal Physiotherapist in Australia.
She is actively involved in continuing education in the animal physiotherapy field and teaches courses to physiotherapists veterinarians and veterinary nurse both in Australia and overseas each year.
Her desire to provide the highest quality care to her animal patients led her to seek the services of Ortho Pets. This working relationship led to Michelle and Greg visiting the USA for training with Ortho Pets. They have now become distributors for OrthoPets in Australia.
OrthoPets South AfricaDr. Kelly is a qualified Veterinary Surgeon with a special interest in pain management and rehabilitation. She qualified in 2001 and spent 4 years in the UK practicing in mixed and small animal practices. In 2005 she studied Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville, USA) and Western Scientific Acupuncture through the British Veterinary Acupuncture Society. Together with the Bryanston Veterinary Hospital in Gauteng, she was involved in importing the first Canine Underwater Treadmill in South Africa. In 2010 Dr Kelly came to Denver, CO and was trained by OrthoPets staff on OrthoPets products. If you are in South Africa, you can now purchase OrthoPets products through Dr. Kelly.
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