Lexington, KY, January 08, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Small animal veterinarian Dr. Mindy Johnson recently opened a new full service hospital and rehabilitation center “Veterinary Wellness Center” (www.uptownhounds.com) in Lexington, KY at “Uptown Hounds boarding Facility”. Included in the impressive list of rehabilitation and medical therapies offered at Dr. Johnson’s new clinic, is a hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) chamber manufactured by Veterinary Hyperbaric Oxygen (VHO)-www.vhbo2.com.
Dr. Johnson has been utilizing the beneficial effects of HBOT in the treatment of traumatic injuries, rehabilitation cases and medical conditions as an adjunct therapy in dogs, cats and other animals for over 4 years. She recently became certified as a Hyperbaric Technologist-Veterinary (CHT-V, see below).
HBOT involves treating a patient in a pressurized chamber while breathing 100% oxygen. This therapy has been commonly used for the treatment of scuba divers with the bends but also has many applications in the medical field in the treatment of humans and animals. There are currently 13 approved conditions that HBOT is used to treat in human medicine. For a full list of these conditions please visit www.uhms.org. In the treatment of animals, HBOT has proven a valuable adjunct therapy in the treatment of respiratory conditions, wounds, fractures, joint inflammation, infections, gastric conditions and as a before and after surgical treatment.
The success of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the veterinary field has led to the development of a specific governing body, The Veterinary Hyperbaric Medicine Society (VHMS) www.vet.utk.edu/vhms. The VHMS, www.vet.utk.edu/vhms, recently collaborated with the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology NBDHMT, www.nbdhmt.org to design the Certified Hyperbaric Technologist-Veterinary (CHT-V) certification exam. Qualifying applicants who complete the required pre-requisite training will be able to sit for this internationally recognized title. This huge advance in training for veterinary hyperbaric specialists will help pave the way for quality control in treatment standards and safety of veterinary hyperbaric medicine. The “crossed paths” between human and veterinary hyperbaric medicine will also allow for greater developments in terms of research and clinical case studies of conditions that have previously been regarded in the human field as “contra-indicated” to HBOT.