Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, world-class orthopaedic-neuro veterinary surgeon, managing director of one of the largest veterinary referral centres in the UK, Fitzpatrick Referrals and of course the star of Channel 4’s ‘Supervet’ on the launch of Aim-OA.
“I see dogs affected by osteoarthritis every day of my professional life and I welcome this innovative initiative to provide a standardised reproducible and easy to use recording system which not only provides clinically relevant baseline data but also a mechanism for monitoring ongoing quality of life. This can allow more accurate planning for patient-specific lifelong care of painful conditions such as osteoarthritis and also facilitates comparison between treatments and between centres in a more standardised fashion.
The application could bring real added value for all clinicians involved in day-to-day pain management and can improve compliance and consistency of adherence to the treatment plan by actively involving the caregivers. The platform is I feel a valuable step forward which places the monitoring of patient welfare at the core of decision making in clinical veterinary practice.”