September 24, 2008

Braden River Equine Kicks Off Next 1,000 Eklin Digital Radiography Installations

SARASOTA, Fla. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The growth rate of digital imaging technologies in veterinary care has been expanding rapidly in recent years. Eklin Medical Systems, a leading supplier of digital radiography (DR), ultrasound, PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications System) and VIA practice management software systems for veterinary medicine, announced it installed its 1,000th RapidStart DR system at Veterinary Surgical Associates in California and kicked off the next 1,000 at Braden River Equine in Sarasota, Florida. Braden River and its sister practice, West Coast Veterinary Center (WCVC), actually installed two RapidStart systems, one for equine patients and another for companion animals. The new facility also purchased an ultrasound and PACS system from Eklin as well.

"We looked at several DR, PACS and ultrasound systems prior to choosing Eklin's solutions," said Elizabeth Brown, DVM, founder of Braden Equine and WCVC. "We absolutely want to offer our patients and clients the best in imaging and digital technology. It is gratifying to be able to kick off the next 1,000 Eklin DR system installations and also benefit from other leading imaging modalities available through Eklin as well."

Just as digital cameras have made photography easier and more efficient by eliminating film, DR systems provide the veterinarian with a radiographic image that can be viewed immediately onsite or at a review workstation, including a high-resolution monitor, without the need for film development. Eklin's intuitive DR systems also offer sophisticated image processing tools, giving the doctor much greater depth of information that can be enlarged or manipulated for far better detail, resulting in closer scrutiny of potential areas of concern for everything from large dogs to small cats and horses' legs to elephant feet.

"We have been meticulously planning this new facility over the past five years and wanted to make sure our diagnostic imaging capabilities reflected the latest technology on the market," said Brown. "Both practices can treat all species combining a holistic medical approach with traditional veterinary care and state-of-the-art digital technology with superb image clarity leading to better diagnoses. This is a major investment for us, but both my colleagues and I believe it is critical for ensuring excellent patient care."

The new 10,000 square-foot facility is currently undergoing "green" certification by the state of Florida and will be one of the first veterinary clinics in the state to receive this certification. The practice offers in- clinic companion animal care and both in-clinic and ambulatory equine services for patients throughout Sarasota, Bradenton, and Manatee. Brown, who graduated from the University of Florida (UF) Veterinary School of Medicine, along with colleagues Terah Browning, DVM (Ross University) and Sarena von der Heyde, DVM (University of Georgia) specialize in a variety of veterinary care services. These include lameness, internal medicine, rehabilitation, acupuncture and holistic medicine.

"By providing patients with leading digital technology which has been highly successful in the human medical market, Braden River and West Coast are living up to their commitment to outstanding patient care," said Gary R. Cantu, CEO and chairman of Eklin. "We are pleased to be a part of this excellent group of veterinary care professionals who have started us on our next phase of 1,000 DR system installations."

About West Coast Veterinary Center and Braden River Equine

Opening the doors in September, 2008, West Coast Veterinary Center provides a wide variety of veterinary care services for both large and small animals throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Braden River Equine was founded by Elizabeth Brown, DVM, who has more than 20 years of veterinary care experience. Dr. Brown is joined by her business partner, Terah Browning, DVM, and associate Sarena von der Heyde, in the new 10,000 square foot facility which houses both businesses for small and large animal medical services. Equine ambulatory care is also available. For further information, call 941- 926-8985 or 941-925-2262.

About Eklin Medical Systems, Inc.

With thousands of systems installed in private practices and universities around the globe, Eklin Medical Systems, Inc. is one of the world's leading providers of veterinary PACS, practice management software (VIA), ultrasound and digital radiography products. Clients include more than 90 percent of U.S. veterinary schools of medicine, such as UC Davis, University of Ohio, Pennsylvania State and Texas A&M. Numerous Zoos and Marine facilities, including San Diego, Los Angeles, Bronx, SeaWorld and the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Training Center, also employ Eklin Technology. Eklin is a privately- held company with reported sales revenues in excess of $35 million in 2007 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. The company can be contacted at 800- 819-5538 or visit

    Media Contacts:     Elizabeth Brown, DVM    Braden River Equine    (941) 926-8985    [email protected]     Terah Browning, DVM    West Coast Veterinary Center    (941) 925-2262    [email protected]     Laurie Hallwyler    Eklin Medical Systems    650-248-9081    [email protected]  

Eklin Medical Systems

CONTACT: Elizabeth Brown, DVM of Braden River Equine, +1-941-926-8985,[email protected], or Terah Browning, DVM of West Coast Veterinary Center,+1-941-925-2262, [email protected]; or Laurie Hallwyler of Eklin MedicalSystems, +1-650-248-9081, [email protected]

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