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Reference Desk November 2012

Minnesota Urolith Center Reaches 750,000th Mile “Stone”

    November 26, 2012— The Minnesota Urolith Center (MUC) at the University of Minnesota celebrates the receipt of its 750,000 urolith, a struvite-calcium phosphate carbonate stone from a female Pomeranian dog living in Glen Burnie, Md., submitted by Dr. Lisa Jones and team at Animal Hospital at Southgate. Founded in 1981, the MUC maintains the largest database of animal uroliths, analyzing nearly 80,000 samples annually. This diagnostic service, offered at no cost to veterinarians, is made possible largely by a philanthropic educational grant from Hills Pet Nutrition. It is estimated that last year Hill’s contributions saved the profession approximately $2.5 million in diagnostic fees. The long-standing financial commitment from Hill’s also supports the MUC’s scientific and epidemiological research needed to understand trends, risk factors and treatments for urinary tract disease.  

    “Since the beginning, we have proudly backed the MUC because their mission to help the profession and the pets we serve aligns with our own,” said Janet D. Donlin, D.V.M., chief veterinary officer at Hill’s. “Our sincerest congratulations go out to the MUC team (Michelle Buettner, Amy Cokley, Sarah Davidson, CVT, Dr. Vachira Hunprasit, Lori Koehler, CVT, Sandy Leach, Dr. Jody Lulich, Dr. Eugene Nwaokorie, Dr. Carl Osborne, Laurie Swanson, CVT, and Lisa Ulrich, CVT) on this wonderful achievement, and we look forward to many more years of success to come.”

    This synergistic partnership between industry and academia provides an example of what can be done for veterinary healthcare team members in practice who need assistance with their canine and feline urinary tract disease case management.

    “In the beginning of the last decade, we were receiving approximately 25,000 samples per year,” said Carl A. Osborne, D.V.M., Ph.D., DACVIM, professor, University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. “Last year, we saw nearly 80,000 from around the world, and with the help of sponsors like Hill’s Pet Nutrition, we’re helping pets around the world have a better quality of life.”

    In addition to quantitative urolith analysis using infrared spectroscopy and optical crystallography, the MUC also holds a database of more than 750,000 veterinary samples and epidemiologic data identifying risk factors for urolithiasis. The MUC provides recommendations, consultation, clinical studies and lectures around the world. Funding for the MUC’s scientific and epidemiological research is made possible largely by financial donors.

    The mission of the Minnesota Urolith Center at the University of Minnesota is to enhance the quality and quantity of life of companion animals. This mission encompasses compassionate utilization of contemporary science and selection of clinical teams to provide care that we would select for ourselves. The Center is committed to the development of noninvasive methods that will consistently and safely prevent and cure diseases of the urinary system. In addition, the Center is staffed with board certified veterinarians and specially trained professionals qualified in the analysis and interpretation of biogenic minerals from veterinary patients. For more information about the Minnesota Urolith Center visit UrolithCenter.org.

    Source: Minnesota Urolith Center, University of Minnesota


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