Hospital receives new tonometer
BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 27, 2013 – Earlier this month, the Teaching Hospital’s Ophthalmology Service was the recipient of a new TonoVet tonometer donation, a specialty instrument that allows for easy measurement of animal eye pressure.
The TonoVet was presented to Dr. Phil Pickett, professor of ophthalmology in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, by Sandra Cassady, Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager for Jorgensen Laboratories, Inc. Jorgensen is the exclusive distributor for the hand-held portable device.
Using a TonoVet, six rapid measurements are automatically taken when a light probe makes momentary contact with the cornea. The method allows for rapid and accurate measurement without anesthetic or anxiety. According to Cassady, Pickett was one of the early adopters of the $3,200-$3,400 instrument. “We’ve enjoyed a strong relationship with Dr. Pickett from the very beginning,” Cassady explained. “His input and use of the TonoVet is invaluable.”
Jorgensen Labs selects four universities each year to donate a TonoVet to, then swaps it out for their oldest piece of equipment. Thank you for your donation, Jorgensen!