Carla Finzel is a Registered Veterinary Nurse and District Vet Nurse, and has teamed up with Photizo to become a brand ambassador. Under the role of DVN, she performs many of the tasks of a regular veterinary nurse – in the security of the clients own home. Aside from administering medications and performing routine health checks, she also runs specialist clinics with report to the veterinarian, and carries out intensive care visits and post-operative nursing.
Carla Finzel says:
“I have been a qualified registered veterinary nurse for 18 years working in general practice, with 9 years of night shifts in emergency and referral hospitals. During this time, I have learned how difficult it is for people to:
- a) assimilate the medical condition(s) we have diagnosed their animal with,
- b) transition the patient from the nursing care implemented in our surgeries and hospitals to their home environment.
I feel tremendous empathy for an owner who has arrived at the consult room as the patient, their beloved pet, is discharged and feels helpless. Often, the first 24-72hrs (condition dependent) when an animal has been discharged and has gone home, is when treatments are not administered successfully and the animal relapses. I do not believe this to be the owners fault because it is so much for them to take in, and the majority of people – unlike us in the profession – have no veterinary training and have many other personal circumstances that may make caring for their animal difficult.
The owners need support and I can give them this support, along with coaching them on how to implement the treatments as prescribed by their veterinary surgeon. This also simultaneously reassures the veterinary surgeon and team that the patient and owner have a clinical helping hand at home. The nursing plan is prepared with the patient’s veterinary surgeon, and when visiting the client, I implement this at their home. Then a clinical report is produced and handed back to the veterinary team, thus ensuring we keep adjusting the nursing care plan according to the patient’s daily needs.”
Carla had read many articles about the healing power of the Photizo Vetcare’s red light; and several colleagues had mentioned its uses across a host of musculoskeletal conditions, wound management and skin conditions.
Carla now implements the Photizo Vetcare as part of her treatment regime and is noticing good results in many different cases. She is confident in the Photizo’s ability to reduce pain and inflammation, and comments on its handy “pocket size and ease to use”. She is even applying it in her work with StreetVet, using Photizo on street dogs living rough with their owners in Brighton. Using it on some cut wounds to promote speedier healing, she adds: “Thanks to Ruth Milner at Photizo, I discovered that the treatment of infected wounds is fast and effective with Photizo Vetcare as it works at a cellular level to help damaged cells to repair and function at optimum levels.”
“We’re delighted that Photizo is helping Carla and her patients. We are firmly of the view that the role of District Veterinary Nurses is much needed, and we’re supporting her campaign for recognition nationally. Practitioners going out into the community provide an invaluable service to vulnerable pet owners and a home care non-invasive tool like Photizo is ideal to help Practitioners provide a viable treatment option. This is especially important in situations where healing may be compromised or when alternatives for pain management have to be considered.
Photizo is the result of years of research and the development of a highly effective and affordable home-use phototherapy tool was born from the ‘new generation’ of LEDs. Following the work of Prof. Harry Whelan and his group at NASA Space Medicine Laboratory, offering clinicians and researchers a useful phototherapy source there is now a good body of evidence and reviews from published authors concluding that, provided an LED phototherapy system has the correct wavelength for the target cells, delivers an appropriate power density and an adequate energy density, then it will be at least partly, if not significantly, effective.
Since its UK launch in 2013 the Vetcare has demystified the use of red light therapy / Phototherapy as a unique pocket sized, non-invasive hand-held device. Its popularity is not only in its ease of use, but in its ability to cover a much larger surface area with its non-coherent beam than a traditional ‘coherent’ laser beam. Making it much simpler and safer to use by Physiotherapists, Vets, Vet Nurses, health care professionals and by pet owners, Photizo can easily be integrated into post-operative rehabilitation at home. It also makes Photizo handy to use in-between professional treatment sessions for maximum benefit”.
The launch of The District Veterinary Nurse Development Group earlier this year (comprising a group of volunteer Vets, Vet Nurses, Human Nurses and professionals outside of the veterinary community), is helping realise the accreditation of District Vet Nursing at a national level as extended members of a veterinary outreach team.
To see more from Carla Finzel, visit her website here.