The Regenerative Medicine Service laboratory at UGA provides regenerative cures for horses, companion animals (cats and dogs) and exotics that are aimed at restoring structure and function to tissues, organs and body systems that have been damaged by injury or disease.
Our trained laboratory personnel provide regenerative products tailored to suit the specific injury or disease of the animal. Our services are available to referring veterinarians and UGA hospital clients.
Our products are divided into two basic categories:
Blood-derived products offered by the UGA Regenerative Medicine Service include:
- Platelet rich plasma (PRP) and derivatives such as:
- Platelet lysate
- Platelet coagulum
- Platelet poor plasma
- Conditioned serum (CS)
These products are made from a sample of the patient’s blood immediately following collection of the blood from the patient.
PRP is ready for use within a few hours, and CS is ready to be used in 24 hours. These treatments are advantageous because they can be made available for treatment relatively quickly. In addition, they are derived from the patient’s own blood (i.e., autologous) eliminating the risk of an inflammatory reaction response.
PRP and CS are commonly used to treat soft tissue injuries (cartilage, tendon, ligament), arthritis and joint pain.
Tissue-derived products offered by the UGA Regenerative Medicine Service include:
- Adult Mesenchymal Stem cells (MSCs)
- Bone Marrow concentrate (BMC)
Adult Mesenchymal Stem cells (MSCs) are fascinating and very promising cells that are obtained from a variety of sources such as fat, bone marrow and neonatal tissues, such as cord blood and cord tissue. They are NOT embryonic cells. Cell-rich therapeutics are offered to our clients either as autologous (from the patient) or allogeneic (derived from a donor). Autologous cells require 2 to 4 weeks to grow in sufficient numbers to be used as therapy and to be stored for potential future use. Donor cells are advantageous because they are available in 3 to 5 days.
Bone Marrow concentrate (BMC) is prepared immediately following the collection via aspiration of bone marrow and involves concentrating the cells and then injecting them into the patient so the treatment can be provided the same day as collection.
Both MSCs and BMC are used to treat soft tissue injuries (cartilage, tendon, ligament), arthritis and joint pain. These therapeutics can be effectively combined with the blood-derived products.
If you are interested in using any of the RM treatments outlined above for your patients or your pets, please contact the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital to schedule an appointment with our service. Please visit our related links for more information about how regenerative therapies can help animals and humans.Please note: The following services do NOT require a referral from your regular veterinarian: Emergency/Critical Care, Behavior, Dermatology, Zoological Medicine, the Community Practice Clinic, and all of the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital Large Animal services.