Dotsure Fights for Innovation in Veterinary Science, Some Breakthrough Findings continues to invest in groundbreaking research and cutting-edge medical innovation to help animals in need of urgent and complex medical care and to support veterinarians performing difficult procedures.

Over the past year, the company has repeatedly partnered with the Onderstepoort Veterinary University Hospital (OVAH) of the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria to support pioneering and potentially life-saving procedures for dogs.

“Through our relationship with OVAH, we have been able to save a number of brave dogs from difficult medical conditions,” says David Roache, COO of

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“We sponsored Harold, a rescue dog who had endured years of abuse, to be treated for a broken jaw that had deteriorated significantly and left him unable to eat,” he says, explaining that the bone graft Harold needed involved removing the damaged bone, replacing it with transplanted bone tissue and inserting a mini locking plate to re-align it to ultimately help him regain his ability to eat .

“This procedure was the first of its kind to be performed at OVAH, and a first for South Africa and was proud to support this monumental contribution to South African veterinary medicine,” says Roache.

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Last year, also supported feisty Kei, a young Mechelen cross who needed life-saving reconstructive surgery after being shot in the face while trying to protect her owners during a a home invasion. The complicated treatment included the installation of a specially commissioned high-tech titanium custom plate to stabilize his broken jaw.

“This surgery was the second of its kind in South Africa, making a significant contribution to South African veterinary medicine and the industry as a whole,” notes Roache.

The most recent medical intervention – to help Jack, a Boston Terrier with acute hind leg paralysis – built on an important medical breakthrough that has had promising results in other countries: the surgical injection of stem cells in the spinal cord to achieve neural growth and return function in the legs.

By laying the groundwork for future life-saving procedures through groundbreaking veterinary science, this procedure has also brought hope to other dogs in South Africa.

OVAH Veterinary Surgeon Dr Elge Bester, based in the Faculty’s Department of Companion Animal Clinical Studies, said “the injection, although ultimately too late for Jack, was a first of its kind at OVAH and ‘warrants further investigation’ as a possible treatment option for other dogs in the future,” she says.

The procedures performed on Harold, Kei and Jack were three of many has invested in to change the face of veterinary medicine, Roache says.

“It is our responsibility to support research and innovation to advance the needle in veterinary medicine. Every investment unlocks new opportunities for practicing veterinarians and surgeons to innovate and save more animals.

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