Dr. Matt Schaefer and Dairyland Veterinary Service began using Metron in May 2011. Because it was becoming more difficult to develop conventional radiographic films due to availability of developers, Dr. Schaefer knew it was time to switch to the digital format. In the two months since he has been working with Metron, "...it has already paid for 20% of the investment cost."
Dr. Schaefer is involved in all aspects of large animal veterinary medicine but has special interests in equine preventative medicine, nutrition, and equine dentistry. He travels all over Northeast Wisconsin providing specialized dental maintenance for competitive and pleasure horses.
In July 2011, he provided us with details of how he had been using Metron. He had been utilizing many Metron features including hoof and stifle analysis. He stated, "With Metron, I am getting some of the best stifle images I have ever seen and the Metron Guided Mark-Up for the Hoof is very accurate leaving no doubts. With the comfort of knowing this accuracy, it is a great aid to help me diagnose what needs to be done for the horse." He works a lot with quarter horses and they have many hoof problems. Metron has helped with finding the correct type of shoes needed to allow more blood flow to the hoof. He performs venograms on some of these horses and Metron provides excellent image quality for the evaluation process.
The halter horse, "Kat" had bad laminitis and was pregnant. The medial portion of the coffin bone had sunk into the right front foot capsule and due to lack of blood flow; the heel was abscessing out on a continual basis. A venogram was done and corrective shoeing was applied to allow the foot to recover. With the help of the radiographic images from Metron, he was able to stop the abscess and the feet were corrected. The medial- lateral imbalance was resolved after one year of corrective trimming and shoeing and she is doing great. She also had a foal that was sold.
Metron allows him to place multiple images side by side using the morph capability to see the improvements in a computer generated video.
Dr. Schaefer teams up with a number of farriers in his area. The Metron features have allowed him to provide more detailed and confident treatment instruction to the farriers. Another useful feature is the Metron Reports which he and his farrier partners are able to produce and provide to owners. He says the reports are a "big deal" and allow everything to be documented so everyone (he, the farrier and the owner) is on the same page when it comes to what is needed for the animal. In addition, Dr. Schaefer states, "I am not a computer expert - the software is well done. Metron is so user friendly - all you have to do is use your brain and just follow the built-in prompts."
The mission of Dairyland Veterinary Service is to be the best provider of Bovine and Equine Ambulatory and consultation services through exceptional services, increasing and sharing their knowledge base and providing progressive services with set goals and plans to exceed their client expectations while always acting as a team. After a year and a half, Metron continues to helps them meet their goal of providing exceptional services.