Testimonials & Interviews

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Dr. Liv Kismartoni

DVM, MPH, CVSMT, CCRP, CVA

Woodstock Veterinary Clinic | Woodstock, IL

Dr. Laura Hokett

DVM

Best Friends Animal Hospital | Fayetteville, AR

Dr. Jerod E. Williams

DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), CVA

Ozark Veterinary Specialty Care | Northwest Arkansas

Dr. Brian Ashmore

DVM

Animal Health Services Surgical & Diagnostic Center | Cave Creek, AZ

REAL VETERINARIANS.

REAL ANSWERS.

Read real interviews with veterinary clinicians around the country discussing the efficacy of RapidBac™Vet and the impact it has had on their practice and the health of the pets they care for.

DR. LIV KISMARTONI
DVM, MPH, CVSMT, CCRP, CVA
Woodstock Veterinary Clinic
Woodstock, IL
RAPIDBAC™ VET (RBV)
How long have you been using RapidBac™ Vet?
DR. LIV
We’ve had the test at the clinic for about two years. Once I learned “when” (which cases) to use it, I, personally, have been using the RapidBac™ Vet test regularly for about a year.
RBV
Why did you originally purchase RapidBac™ Vet?
DR. LIV
The medical director at the clinic had heard about it and brought it up at rounds.  We discussed it and decided it would be a valuable tool at our vet clinic.
RBV
Who in the clinic actually performs the test?
DR. LIV
Our vet assistants and technicians.
RBV
Do you think that RapidBac™ Vet is a trustworthy alternative to microscopic urinalysis (or other methods) for detecting bacteriuria?
DR. LIV
The RapidBac™ Vet test is much more sensitive than a urinalysis.  It is a culture without identifying the bacteria.  I think the best way to convince my colleagues would be to recommend they use it on the cases where they don’t necessarily trust a negative on a urinalysis, to confirm a UTI has resolved, on a newly diagnosed diabetic/ renal disease/ Cushingoid patient, or to determine bacteriuria in a patient with dilute urine.
RBV
What do you do when you get a positive result with RapidBac™ Vet?
DR. LIV

Unless this is an infection that has not responded to antibiotics, I will treat with antibiotics and retest with a RapidBac™ Vet after treatment.

If this is on a urine sample from a patient with a recent infection that has not resolved, or is recurrent, a culture and sensitivity to the lab is indicated.

RBV
What do you do when you get a negative result with RapidBac™ Vet?
DR. LIV
I can trust the patient doesn’t have a urinary tract infection.
RBV
How do you use RapidBac™ Vet in cases of diabetic patients?
DR. LIV
I use RapidBac™ Vet as a screening tool for UTIs for diabetics (and anyone with a chronic disease that causes dilute urine).  It is not infrequent that I find silent UTIs by using this test; in fact, based on clinical signs, I suspected one of my diabetic patients had a UTI.  I left instructions in the medical record to run a RapidBac™ Vet test.  Since we had accidentally run out of RapidBac™ Vet tests, they ran a urinalysis in-house which did not show bacteria, or other evidence of a UTI (no WBCs, protein, nor blood).  I was fairly certain this patient did have a UTI, so since we were out of the in-house RapidBac™ Vet tests, I asked them to send in the urine for a culture and sensitivity to the lab.  They accidentally sent the urine in for a “urinalysis and culture & sensitivity ‘if indicated'”.  The result I received that same day was a negative urinalysis. I asked the technician to call the lab and request a culture and sensitivity, not a ‘urinalysis and a C & S’ if indicated’”.  They ran the culture and the urine did, in fact, grow E.coli.  I was able to treat the patient and resolve the clinical signs (which included problems with her glucose regulation).  This was an example of how I really needed RapidBac™ Vet in my clinic that day!
RBV
Would you use RapidBac™ Vet in emergency/24-hour care?
DR. LIV
It is a very fast and trustworthy test for identifying bacteria in urine.  Much, much more sensitive than running a urinalysis in-house, or on the Sedivue (we also have a Sedivue in our clinic, and unfortunately at this time, can’t trust the microscopy).
RBV
What advice would you have for veterinarians who are considering RapidBac™ Vet?
DR. LIV
The best recommendation I have is to put a note somewhere to remind you to use it when you first get it in the hospital.  I regret not figuring out its usefulness for a year! The RapidBac™ Vet is a very accurate and sensitive test to detect bacteria in urine. I run it in addition to urinalyses, as well as in place of them when I don’t need all of the other information (and just need to know if my patient has bacteriuria).
ABOUT DR. LIV
Dr. Liv earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin’s Veterinary School in 2010.

As a former professional dog trainer, and competitor in dog sports, she followed her passion and earned certifications in veterinary acupuncture at the Chi Institute, physical rehabilitation (similar to physical therapy for humans), and veterinary spinal manipulative therapy (animal chiropractic).
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DR. LAURA HOKETT
DVM
Best Friends Animal Hospital
Fayetteville, AR
RAPIDBAC™ VET (RBV)
How long have you been using RapidBac™ Vet?
DR. HOKETT
Less than 1 year.
RBV
Why did you originally purchase RapidBac™ Vet?
DR. HOKETT
Recommendation of veterinary internal medicine specialist in practice.
RBV
Who in the clinic actually performs the test?
DR. HOKETT
Technicians.
RBV
Under what circumstances do you offer RapidBac™ Vet as an option to clients?
DR. HOKETT
To rule in/out infections in any fluid, often dilute urine samples but also other body fluids.
RBV
Do you think that RapidBac™ Vet is a trustworthy alternative to microscopic urinalysis (or other methods) for detecting bacteriuria?
DR. HOKETT
It’s better – 97% accurate, more accurate than culture. Novel since it detects bacterial cell wall dead or alive.
RBV
What do you do when you get a positive result with RapidBac™ Vet?
DR. HOKETT

Culture if possible, if not, I’ll make an antibiotic choice based on result.

RBV
What do you do when you get a negative result with RapidBac™ Vet?
DR. HOKETT
Do not treat with antibiotics!
RBV
How do you use RapidBac™ Vet in cases of diabetic patients?
DR. HOKETT
As indicated in dilute urine.
RBV
How do you use RapidBac™ Vet in emergency/24-hour care?
DR. HOKETT
As needed for any body fluid, abdominal/chest taps, etc.
RBV
What advice would you have for veterinarians who are considering RapidBac™ Vet?
DR. HOKETT
Great addition to practice. Avoids negative cultures and unnecessary antibiotics promoting drug resistance.
ABOUT DR. LAURA HOKETT
Dr. Hokett graduated from LSU in 1987. She worked at two large progressive animal hospitals in Las Vegas where she lived for 17 years. Best Friends Animal Hospital and Pet Hotel was her dream hospital and opened in Fayetteville, AR in 2005.
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DR. LAURA HOKETT
DVM
Best Friends Animal Hospital
Fayetteville, AR
RAPIDBAC™ VET (RBV)
How long have you been using RapidBac™ Vet?
DR. HOKETT
Less than 1 year.
RBV
Why did you originally purchase RapidBac™ Vet?
DR. HOKETT
Recommendation of veterinary internal medicine specialist in practice.
RBV
Who in the clinic actually performs the test?
DR. HOKETT
Technicians.
RBV
Under what circumstances do you offer RapidBac™ Vet as an option to clients?
DR. HOKETT
To rule in/out infections in any fluid, often dilute urine samples but also other body fluids.
RBV
Do you think that RapidBac™ Vet is a trustworthy alternative to microscopic urinalysis (or other methods) for detecting bacteriuria?
DR. HOKETT
It’s better – 97% accurate, more accurate than culture. Novel since it detects bacterial cell wall dead or alive.
RBV
What do you do when you get a positive result with RapidBac™ Vet?
DR. HOKETT

Culture if possible, if not, I’ll make an antibiotic choice based on result.

RBV
What do you do when you get a negative result with RapidBac™ Vet?
DR. HOKETT
Do not treat with antibiotics!
RBV
How do you use RapidBac™ Vet in cases of diabetic patients?
DR. HOKETT
As indicated in dilute urine.
RBV
How do you use RapidBac™ Vet in emergency/24-hour care?
DR. HOKETT
As needed for any body fluid, abdominal/chest taps, etc.
RBV
What advice would you have for veterinarians who are considering RapidBac™ Vet?
DR. HOKETT
Great addition to practice. Avoids negative cultures and unnecessary antibiotics promoting drug resistance.
ABOUT DR. LAURA HOKETT
Dr. Hokett graduated from LSU in 1987. She worked at two large progressive animal hospitals in Las Vegas where she lived for 17 years. Best Friends Animal Hospital and Pet Hotel was her dream hospital and opened in Fayetteville, AR in 2005.
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DR. JAROD E. WILLIAMS
DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), CVA
Ozark Veterinary Specialty Care
Serving Northwest Arkansas
RAPIDBAC™ VET (RBV)
What advice would you have for veterinarians who are considering RapidBac™ Vet? 
DR. WILLIAMS
If you are not using it, you should. I can’t imagine practicing without it. It saves time, money and prevents unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions. Absolutely essential product for evidence driven clinicians!!!
RBV
Under what circumstances do you use RapidBac™ Vet? 
DR. WILLIAMS
Stranguria, hematuria, polyuria/polydypsia, diabetic and Cushingoid assessments, off-labeled for septic abdomen, pyothorax, septic arthritis. I have even had a Lepto dog turn positive on RBV, negative on C/S and positive on urine Lepto PCR, no recent antibiotic use. I think it was detecting the Gram-negative Leptospirochete cell wall?
RBV
Do you think that RapidBac™ Vet is a trustworthy alternative to microscopic urinalysis (or other methods) for detecting bacteriuria? 
DR. WILLIAMS
It is far better than urine sediment cytology. I see so many in-hospital reports describing cocci presence that I know are not cocci.
RBV
What do you do when you get a positive result with RapidBac™ Vet? 
DR. WILLIAMS
Depending on budget and case history, I either send-off for culture or treat and repeat RBV one week after treatment. I often treat and repeat during treatment of significantly resistant infections, chronic cystitis/pyelonephritis or with urinary calculi during dissolution therapies.
RBV
What do you do when you get a negative result with RapidBac™ Vet? 
DR. WILLIAMS
I conclude there are no significant bacteria present associated with current clinical signs.
RBV
How do you use RapidBac™ Vet in cases of diabetic patients? 
DR. WILLIAMS
All new DM are screened with RBV.
RBV
How do you use RapidBac™ Vet in emergency/24-hour care? 
DR. WILLIAMS
Cystitis, hematuria, stranguria, polyuria, FUO presenting complaints include RBV in work-up.
RBV
How long have you been using RapidBac™ Vet? 
DR. WILLIAMS
3-4 years, started in Shreveport LA @ University Vet Hospital.
RBV
Why did you originally purchase RapidBac™ Vet? 
DR. WILLIAMS
For on-the-spot infection assessment.
RBV
Who in the clinic actually performs the test? 
DR. WILLIAMS
Technicians.
ABOUT DR. JAROD E. WILLIAMS
Dr. Williams received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia Tech University (Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine). Dr. Williams spent over 10 years working at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, Maryland where he pursued training in acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and is currently one of only a handful of Veterinary Specialists with advanced training in Eastern disciplines. 
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DR. BRIAN ASHMORE
DVM
Animal Health Services Surgical & Diagnostic Center
Cave Creek, AZ
RAPIDBAC™ VET (RBV)
Why did you originally purchase RapidBac™ Vet?
DR. ASHMORE
As a more economical way to determine if there is a UTI present when a urinalysis result is equivocal.  A second reason was to differentiate feline cystitis from infection. 
RBV
Under what circumstances do you use RapidBac™ Vet? 
DR. ASHMORE
Monitoring pets with intermittent, chronic urinary infections.  Pets suspected to have a UTI but have a normal urinalysis.  When performing a urine protein/creatinine ratio to ensure no infection present. 
RBV
What advice would you have for veterinarians who are considering RapidBac™ Vet?
DR. ASHMORE
This is a quick and easy test to perform to increase your confidence in diagnosing in or out a urinary tract infection. 
RBV
What do you do when you get a positive result with RapidBac™ Vet? 
DR. ASHMORE
We treat for the infection.  
RBV
What do you do when you get a negative result with RapidBac™ Vet? 
DR. ASHMORE
Pursue other causes for the clinical symptoms.  
RBV
How do you use RapidBac™ Vet in cases of diabetic patients? 
DR. ASHMORE
Perform on initial diagnosis.  
RBV
Who in the clinic actually performs the test?
DR. ASHMORE
We have a lab technician who performs the test. 
RBV
How long have you been using RapidBac™ Vet?
DR. ASHMORE
One year.
ABOUT DR. BRIAN ASHMORE
Dr. Ashmore was born and raised in Arizona. He graduated from Colorado State University in 2000. He returned to Arizona and has been working at Animal Health Services since 2005. He was the driving force behind AHS being certified as a Cat-Friendly Practice as a result of his passion for expert feline veterinary care.
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DR. BRIAN ASHMORE
DVM
Animal Health Services Surgical & Diagnostic Center
Cave Creek, AZ
RAPIDBAC™ VET (RBV)
Why did you originally purchase RapidBac™ Vet?
DR. ASHMORE
As a more economical way to determine if there is a UTI present when a urinalysis result is equivocal.  A second reason was to differentiate feline cystitis from infection. 
RBV
Under what circumstances do you use RapidBac™ Vet? 
DR. ASHMORE
Monitoring pets with intermittent, chronic urinary infections.  Pets suspected to have a UTI but have a normal urinalysis.  When performing a urine protein/creatinine ratio to ensure no infection present. 
RBV
What advice would you have for veterinarians who are considering RapidBac™ Vet?
DR. ASHMORE
This is a quick and easy test to perform to increase your confidence in diagnosing in or out a urinary tract infection. 
RBV
What do you do when you get a positive result with RapidBac™ Vet? 
DR. ASHMORE
We treat for the infection.  
RBV
What do you do when you get a negative result with RapidBac™ Vet? 
DR. ASHMORE
Pursue other causes for the clinical symptoms.  
RBV
How do you use RapidBac™ Vet in cases of diabetic patients? 
DR. ASHMORE
Perform on initial diagnosis.  
RBV
Who in the clinic actually performs the test?
DR. ASHMORE
We have a lab technician who performs the test. 
RBV
How long have you been using RapidBac™ Vet?
DR. ASHMORE
One year.
ABOUT DR. BRIAN ASHMORE
Dr. Ashmore was born and raised in Arizona. He graduated from Colorado State University in 2000. He returned to Arizona and has been working at Animal Health Services since 2005. He was the driving force behind AHS being certified as a Cat-Friendly Practice as a result of his passion for expert feline veterinary care.
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