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The Pet Directory Australian Pet Industry News: Rat Chariots and Artificial Dog's legs!
PIAA Pet Trade Expo 07

Friday, 02th November, 2007

Rat Chariots and Artificial Dog’s legs!

Dr. Glynn Heath

Animal wheelchair inventor nominated for major award for mini-chariots for rats to artificial limbs for dogs!

The scientist, Dr. Glynn Heath specialises in human prosthetics and orthotics at Salford University in the UK. Dr. Glynn is a former zoologist which accounts for his interest in animals. By combining that with his knowledge of human artificial limbs and supports he has created a benefit to animals who lose a limb and are in need of an artificial support.

Artificial limbs for dogs

The most outstanding of his inventions is a wheelchair chariot for rats. He has created his own animal rehabilitation company called Lacerta Rehabilitation Ltd. The company is on the shortlist for the Times Higher Awards for Contribution to Innovation and Technology.

Wheelchair chariot for rats

Currently veterinary practice involves removal of an animal’s limb at the hip or shoulder. If Dr. Glynn’s products take off, vets might change this practice to leave a stump to which a prosthetic device could be added.

For more information contact Jamie Brown at: www.salford.ac.uk

 
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