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Looking Forward in 2023

Winter Park Veterinary Hospital

As the new year begins, we reflect on the past and what we can do to improve the coming year. Winter Park Veterinary Hospital will continue to focus on our core values, supporting the community and improving our service and care through technology, advancements in medicine and education.


The future of veterinary medicine is bright indeed, with a number of breakthroughs on the horizon. But you don’t need to wait for the future to arrive to take advantage of the many advanced diagnostic and care options available at Winter Park Vet.


Laser therapy. We offer completely noninvasive therapy to dogs and cats to provide pain relief due to arthritis, back strain and inflammatory or degenerative joint conditions. Free from side effects, this effective, state-of-the-art treatment can wind back the clock for senior pets’ mobility and help ease post-surgical pain.


Digital imaging. Winter Park Vet offers CT (Computed Tomography) technology, which provides human-quality advanced diagnostic imaging for pets. We utilize CT scans during pet dental procedures, to diagnose certain conditions in exotic pets and for other pets requiring advanced diagnostics, including neurological disorders and orthopedic issues. Our advanced technology produces faster and higher quality diagnostic images with less radiation exposure for your pet. It can be used in the same way as conventional X-rays to examine bones and internal organs, help effectively diagnose cardiopulmonary, gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary disorders — even dental issues. It’s also eco-friendly as, unlike conventional X-ray technology, it produces no chemicals that contaminate local water systems.


Advanced surgery options. In order to provide our patients with a better and safer experience, Winter Park Vet has invested in new surgical equipment and expanded our options for surgery. For instance, Winter Park Vet’s own Dr. Carmelo Foti recently traveled to Colorado State University to learn a new, more cost-effective canine knee stabilization procedure that achieves better results than traditional knee surgeries. Because most canine knee issues go untreated, which can lead to a marked decrease in quality of life, we’re especially excited to make this treatment available to our patients in Central Florida.


Top-level Care and Support. Due to the skill of our practitioners and a reputation for superior care, we accept many referrals from Central Florida vets for more challenging and high-risk surgical cases. For over 40 years, Dr. Hess and the vets at Winter Park Veterinary Hospital have provided medical expertise and innovative treatments to the birds at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. Over 15,000 birds have been helped and thousands released back to the wild, which is our shared goal. We look forward to another year of our wonderful partnership and continue to plan our path forward into 2023 and beyond. WPVH is also committed to providing medical and financial support to local organizations, such as The Haven for Injured and Orphaned Wildlife, a volunteer group with more than 35 years of service and caring for wild animals.


Education.  Our strong commitment to education will continue into the new year as well. We’re sponsoring two Animal Science internships annually, with the Audubon Center, for people with an interest in veterinary, wildlife rehabilitation, conservation or other animal related career paths and one Education internship annually. Winter Park Vet will continue to support the Boys and Girls Club of Florida by providing tours and educational programs. Because our commitment to education also extends to our staff, 20 WPVH employees will attend VMX 2023, the largest veterinary conference in the world. One of our core values is Learning, so we are proud to offer our staff the opportunity to participate in this amazing educational opportunity. Also in January, two team members will be attending the FWRA Symposium (Florida Wildlife Rehabilitators Association) to learn more about saving Florida’s wildlife, and later this year staff will attend ExoticsCon for continuing education on birds, exotic mammals and reptiles. Conferences, such as these, help Winter Park Veterinary Hospital continue to bring the latest in cutting-edge veterinary medicine to our patients.


There’s much to be hopeful for in the new year when it comes to safeguarding the health of the pets we love. Give yours every advantage with routine veterinary care and be sure to deal with any concerning changes or issues early on. Please reach out to us if you have any questions regarding your pet’s health.

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