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Vetstream releases Canis, a comprehensive medical information tool
Vetstream's Canis is a comprehensive, peer-reviewed clinical information source for the entire hospital team.
Vetstream's Canis is a comprehensive, peer-reviewed clinical informationsource for the entire hospital team. The new service was launched at therecently concluded Western Veterinary Conference. This service offers diagnostichelp, treatment selection, surgery techniques, aftercare information, drugdose rates, new product information and client information fact sheets.The service itself is a multimedia tool that combines text, photos, videoand audio information on a wide range of clinical disease issues.
The companyoffers two different ways of accessing the information. The CD-ROM versionis updated quarterly. The Internet service is updated regularly. The Canisservice contains more than 6,000 regularly updated components encompassingdiseases; bacteria, viruses and parasites; laboratory medicine; surgicaland diagnostic techniques and formularies. The idea is to provide veterinariansand veterinary hospital team members with a single source of high-qualitypeer-reviewed canine clinical content. The information is arranged similarlyto a textbook, but offers a much wider range of functions and tools, suchas cross-linking related content and images, plus highlighting key points.
Dr. John Grieve, founder of the service and a practitioner from Cambridge,England, explains that the idea came from his own experiences on the difficultiesin tracking down, appropriate, accurate and comprehensive medical information.Dr. Robert Devlin, director of U.S. operations, says, "The Canis serviceis an important release. Clinical information is constantly changing andveterinarians need current canine information to make the best possiblediagnosis and treatment. It will save them time, provide them with the toolsthey need to provide better service and better care for dogs," he adds.The company now offers the service in 60 countries. In 2000, the companywas acquired by Intervet Holdings, b.v. a division of Akzo-Nobel.
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