Your chemical romance

September 7, 2016
Brendan Howard, Business Channel Director

Brendan Howard oversees veterinary business, practice management and life-balance content for, dvm360 magazine, Firstline and Vetted, and plans the Practice Management track at all three Fetch dvm360 conferences.Brendan has proudly served under the Veterinary Economics and dvm360 banners for more than 10 years. Before that, he worked as a journalist, writer and editor at Entrepreneur magazine and a top filmed entertainment magazine in Southern California. Brendan received a Masters in English Literature from University of California, Riverside, in 1999.

Three diagnostic devices that bring sexy back to the in-house veterinary lab.

Beep! Boop! Whirr! It's the VetScan i-STAT1.1. Star Trek's medical tricorder-for vets

It's as close as you can get to Bones' Starfleet instrument. Abaxis' VetScan i-STAT1 delivers blood gas, electrolyte, chemistry and hematology results in minutes from a few drops of whole blood. It doesn't make that whizzing, whirring sound from the TV show though.


The button and the trim is yellow on the SediVue Dx Urine Sediment Analyzer. Don't think we didn't notice that, IDEXX. We did.2. Pee joke in 3...2...1...

Just kidding. We got those all out of our system. Instead, let's be impressed with IDEXX's SediVue Dx Urine Sediment Analyzer, which takes four to five drops of fresh urine and identifies and classifies elements (crystals, anyone?) you probably wouldn't see with a microscope. See what we mean at


Can you handle that stylish handle on the VetStat Electrolyte and Blood Gas Analyzer? See what we did there?3. Pass the gas

Does IDEXX's VetStat Electrolyte and Blood Gas Analyzer have a handle? That looks like a handle. So, this one assesses electrolytes, acid-base balance, ventilation, oxygenation, ionized calcium, glucose, anion gap, base excess and bicarbonate ... and you can take your work home with you. But don't do that. There are laws against that, we're pretty sure.

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