Vet Appidemic: Introducing Veterinary Advances and Equine Drugs
Welcome back to VMD Tech’s ongoing Vet Appidemic!
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In our continuing effort to provide the profession’s most comprehensive app listing, it’s time to give equine medicine some love. In this edition, we’re going to introduce you to Equine Drugs by Veterinary Advances, one of the leading developers of apps exclusively for veterinarians.
The following are excerpts provided by Kevin Corley, BVM&S, PhD, DACVIM, DACVECC, MRCVS:
Veterinary Advances: How It All Started
Two things led to the development of our first app, Equine Drugs:
The first was calls from colleagues. It was the fall, which is always slower for horse vets, and a call came in from a colleague. Oh good, I’d think, a referral. Not quite. “What is the dose of doxycycline?,” they asked. Another call came in. “How much triclabendazole should I give to this 300 kg pony?”
The second step that persuaded me to do it came towards the end of foal season. Working hard in the middle of yet another late night, I found myself double and triple checking my calculations for continuous rate infusions (CRIs) because my brain had seized up.
So why an app? Well we equine veterinarians are always glued to our phones. It is about the one thing I am guaranteed to have with me (I seem to have forgotten everything else from time to time, but never the phone!).
Also, our clients are accustomed to us using phones in front of them – so it is easy to quickly use an app, without the client ever knowing you were looking something up!
Introducing Equine Drugs
Equine Drugs was born in 2010. Since then we have updated the database six times and added several additional features – it now covers 625 drug regimes (for 405 different drugs) – and calculates doses for you.
It also provides pertinent notes on the use of each drug. Included in the notes are drug detection times in competition horses that have been published by the FEI or the European Horseracing Scientific Liaison Committee. Finally, a reference is included for each drug dose.
Both the British Equine Veterinary Association and Equine Veterinarians Australia have bought the app for their members, and it is currently used by over 3000 veterinarians worldwide.
Download & Further Information: App website, available on iOS and Android.
Ready for an Explosion of Equine Apps in part 2 and small animal apps in part 3 (coming soon) of our coverage of the Veterinary Advances suite of apps?
About the Author
Dr. Kevin Corley is an internationally renowned specialist in equine medicine and critical care. He works at Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital on the Curragh in Ireland, in the centre of the main Thoroughbred breeding and racing area. Kevin is a director of Veterinary Advances Ltd, a company he set up with his veterinarian wife. When not obsessing about blood pressures and urine output in the middle of the night, Kevin enjoys cycling and photography in the beautiful Irish countryside (and trying to work out ways to buy yet more photography gear). Between one son, a horse (used for carriage driving), two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and three cats, there is plenty of competition for space at his house!