In 2013, one of Sweden’s largest veterinary hospital laboratories in terms of equipment, skills, analytical services and accessibility was built at AniCura regional veterinary hospital Regiondjursjukhuset Bagarmossen. This expansion was achieved thanks to a significant investment made by the Foundation.
Each year, nearly 220,000 samples, principally within the areas of haematology, chemistry, cytology and bacteriology are analysed here. Existing equipment was upgraded and supplemented by, for instance, instruments for hormone analysis, which means that progesterone samples, for example, can now be analysed on site, with results and answers to the pet owner on the same day the sample was taken.
The laboratory, staffed by six biomedical analysts and one veterinarian who is a European specialist (known as a Diplomate) within clinical pathology, also receives samples from referring veterinarians from the whole of Sweden.
On 16 April 2015, Scandinavia’s first specialist neurological centre within veterinary medicine was opened at AniCura Djursjukhuset Albano in Danderyd.
The neurology centre offers every service required for the diagnosis and treatment of dogs and cats with neurological damage or diseases, from specialised vets and veterinary nurses to advanced diagnostics and equipment such as CT scanning, MRI scanning and electrodiagnostics. This facility provides unique conditions for fast and efficient treatment of each individual patient.
One of Sweden’s two neurologists with specialist European training (Diplomate) works here, and the neurology centre receives patients from every part of the country.
In connection with the renovation of the regional veterinary hospital at Bagarmossen in 2006, a separate intensive care unit was built and equipped. The Foundation supported this project financially. This unit treats severely ill or injured animals in need of close monitoring, specialist treatment and nursing. The unit contains advanced medical equipment and staff are available around the clock.
However, the equipment has deteriorated over the years, while intensive and emergency care technology has advanced extensively. The Foundation has therefore allocated funds for new, modern equipment and an expansion of the unit’s capacity. This conversion will take place during winter 2016/2017.
Around 3,000 dogs and cats are treated at the intensive care unit annually, with their condition being monitored continuously around the clock, at times as frequently as minute to minute.
In June 2016, the Foundation decided to finance a new eye instrument for AniCura Djursjukhuset Albano – a combined cSLO/OCT instrument (confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy and optical coherence tomography), the first of its kind for animals in the Nordic region. This represents a major upgrade and refinement of eye diagnostic capabilities at Albano’s ophthalmology and neurology centre.
The instrument enables photography of the back of the eye and the chamber angle, facilitating diagnosis and prognosis for animals with diseases of the retina and glaucoma. This equipment also enhances certainty in the follow up of treatments used, for example, for diabetic patients. The instrument provides cross sectional images of the retina which makes it possible for the first time to assess how serious (deep-rooted) any defects are.
The ophthalmology centre also has equipment to test the function of the retina and fields of vision, thanks to contributions from AniCura’s research fund.