About Microvet

MicroVet is an affordable, non invasive, easy to use device that is used to kick start and accelerate the natural healing process in soft tissue.
MicroVet relies upon two very distinct, but equally important, processes;

the proper use of the electronic programmes within the delivery system

combined with

early intervention with a formal and subject specific, exercise and rehabilitation regime

What has been shown unequivocally, both in vivo and in vitro, is that by using this technology damaged tissue can be reinstated with a saving in time of at least 50%.

Micro-current Therapy is a process of regeneration, not repair. Reinstatement is accomplished by the laying down of Type 1 collagen, not Type 3 collagen, and there is therefore an absence of scar tissue.

A major problem when treating a horse with a tendon / ligament problem is that unlike humans, a horse is continually weight bearing, therefore exacerbating the problem. Within the horse racing industry, there are a huge percentage of horses which never reach the race track because of injuries sustained.

Box rest is always suggested when treating a horse with a tendon or ligament problem. This can often be up to 6 months and then a further 12 to 18 months, out in the field. A horse can therefore be away from the racecourse for 18 months to 2 years. When the horse returns very seldom does he return to the form prior to the injury.

History

Following over 10 years research of Micro-current technology, particularly with regard to its ability to kick-start and accelerate the healing in soft tissue, MicroDoctor - the first delivery system  -  was developed.

It was introduced to elite sport and one of the first clubs to be approached was Wasps, at that time both the English and European rugby champions.

Having been given the background to the technology Roger Knibbs, the team physiotherapist, agreed to trial the unit.
Indeed, whether it is used on humans or horses, this technology works best when used in conjunction with a formal exercise and rehabilitation regime. Physiotherapists and vets, therefore, have a crucial role to play in order to obtain optimum results.

Such were the results achieved that Wasps purchased a unit for each of their squad players.

An extreme example of the effectiveness of this technology can be seen in the cases of Craig Dowd, a 19 stone, 34 year old ex All Black prop forward, and Johnny O'Connor, at that stage an un-capped Irish flank forward.
Both had sustained total ruptures of their Achilles tendons. Both resumed playing for Wasps within 5 month of the original injuries.

Roger has successfully used the technology on the full range of injuries experienced in rugby. What he has also noticed is that since the full integration of Micro-current technology into their rehabilitation regimes, that no player has had a recurrence of any injury for which they have previously been treated with micro-current.

In 2002 it was decided to conduct research into the possibility of transferring the technology to the equine world.

A major problem when treating a horse with a tendon / ligament problem is that unlike humans, a horse is continually weight bearing, therefore exacerbating the problem. There is the advantage, though, of there being no placebo effect.

Within the horse racing industry there are a huge percentage of horses which never reach the race track because of injuries sustained.

Box rest is always suggested when treating a horse with a tendon or ligament problem. This can often be up to 6 months and then a further 12 to 18 months, out in the field. A horse can therefore be away from the racecourse for 18 months to 2 years. When the horse returns very seldom does he return to the form prior to the injury.

With this being such a revolutionary treatment protocol, horses treated were those with extreme tendon and ligament problems, injuries which were considered to be career, and possibly, life threatening. These horses included Be My Royal and Alexander Banquet

Some of the 16 horses treated during this period failed to return to the track, but none because of the injury for which they had been treated.

Analysis from that period shows that:-

  1. The average time from start of treatment to FIRST RACE was 29 weeks
  2. Wounds closed rapidly, leaving no scar tissue  -  or white hair !
  3. Success was achieved with both acute and chronic injuries.
  4. The more acute the injury the quicker complete healing was achieved.
  5. No horse treated has since broken down with a recurrence of that injury. This mirrors the findings of Roger Knibbs at Wasps.
  6. As an example, in the 3 years since their treatment both Walcot Lad and Paddy The Optimist have raced over 40 times.
    Both have been placed ( 1st - 4th ) in over 50% of their races - better achievements than before their treatment.

In early 2007 it was decided to develop a horse specific model of the MicroDoctor  - and so was born MICROVET.

This has been specifically designed for use at home by any trainer or owner, whether they have a Shire or a Shetland, a competition or a recreation horse or pony.

It has enhanced programming when compared to the original unit, is very easy to use, comes with a full explanation of pad placements, treatment protocols and exercise regimes, and is not labour intensive.