Vet uses mobile CT to aid pets


A Buffalo-area veterinarian has expanded her business with a mobile imaging unit designed for pets.

Dr. Melissa Mroziak launched Mobile PAWS PLLC last fall after acquiring a portable Vimago CT unit. The device provides 3-D images capable of scans on pets of up to 200 pounds.

The unit offers technology that hasn’t been readily available locally. In the past, pet owners may have had to travel to Rochester or even Cornell for similar imaging capabilities.

Mroziak saw that as a vet working at the Gerber Small Animal Hospital in Niagara Falls since 2007. She also saw an opportunity. In he fall, she purchased the $250,000 unit with help from a $180,000 Small Business Administration loan through Sterns Bank in St. Cloud, Minn.

“My own patients I’ve had to refer out of the area, as has everyone else,” she said. “This was a unique service that I felt could help.”

Though the business is based on Grand Island, the CT unit is housed at a vet clinic on Genesee Street, with several scans scheduled in the coming weeks.
Mroziak’s business model includes taking the unit to other vet clinics for a fee.

Fow now, she is keeping her day job and making the loan payments. She’s not yet meeting sales projections but is staying afloat.

“I want to develop it into a business where it can be utilized by the industry,” she said.



Original article source and photo by Jim Courtney