The Pulse Of Veterinary Medicine

Vet-To-Vet Conversation With IDEXX

Celeste Clements, DVM, DACVIM

Celeste Clements, DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Celeste Clements graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989, and then spent a year of internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York. After two years of general practice she entered into a clinical residency in small-animal internal medicine at Texas A&M University, which concluded with board certification in 1995. She practiced for five years in referral centers in Maryland and Texas, and then was employed by a veterinary pharmacy. She joined IDEXX as an internal medicine consultant in 2007, and now serves as a medical content specialist on the Medical Affairs team. Her professional interests include renal disease, hematology, immunology, and infectious disease. Celeste lives near Annapolis, Maryland with her husband Mike, daughter Carolina, and a goofy hound dog named Bella who lives to chase squirrels. The local dog park is their new favorite destination.

Innovations power the IDEXX Microbiology Service

The IDEXX Microbiology Service uses innovative technologies that complement traditional laboratory bench methods to solve microbiology puzzles for IDEXX Reference Laboratories customers. Automated analyzers deliver accurate results quickly, hours or days faster than manual methods, saving valuable time. The proper antimicrobial treatments can begin as soon as possible, reducing illness and limiting the spread of infection, possibly even saving lives. Specialized veterinary testing and rapid reporting of microbiology results benefit patients—through better care, they likely have better outcomes.

SDMA update: 6 million pets benefited to date

In July 2015, IDEXX Reference Laboratories began including a new kidney function test, SDMA, on all routine chemistry panels in the U.S. at no additional cost. SDMA enables veterinarians to more reliably diagnose kidney disease in cats and dogs months or even years earlier than traditional methods. As you know, chronic kidney disease (CKD) is common, and 1 in 3 cats1 and 1 in 10 dogs2 will develop some form of kidney disease over their lifetimes.

Recent studies suggest kidney disease is even more common, and until now, it has been under-recognized.3,4 SDMA provides practitioners a tool to help identify kidney disease earlier and in more patients.