Veterinary Specialty Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador (VSCNL), a VetStrategy-partnered practice in Mount Pearl, NL, recently received Atlantic Canada’s first veterinary mobile MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machine.

Previously, pet owners had to travel to other provinces (Ontario, Quebec, etc.) or the United States to get an MRI. Traveling such long distances was not possible for many owners due to unforeseen costs and because many patients were too ill to travel. Having a locally available machine means faster and more cost-effective diagnostic options so patients can get the care they need much sooner.

Knowing the need for advanced veterinary care in Newfoundland was the main reason Dr. Trina Bailey and her husband, John MacKenzie, founded VSCNL. Dr. Bailey grew up in Cormack on the west coast of Newfoundland. From 2006 to 2014 while working in P.E.I. and before opening their own practice, Dr. Bailey travelled to Newfoundland 3-4 times a year to support local veterinary practices with advanced surgical care.

“Our guiding principle is to have enough highly trained staff and diagnostic equipment so that no animal and owner would ever have to leave the province again to get the care they need,” said John MacKenzie.

MRI machine

The VSCNL team credits their partnership with VetStrategy for making the project come to fruition. More than 60 pets have used the MRI since it came into service in June 2022.

The advanced, leading-edge technology is the same as what is found in human medical facilities and detects a wide range of conditions related to the brain, nervous system, and spinal cord – including certain details not diagnosed by other imaging technologies.

“It’s the last piece of the puzzle to have full diagnostic capabilities here,” said John MacKenzie.

For more details on VSCNL and their MRI services please click here.

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