Ocala, FL - The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center has seen numerous horses experience healing in the facility’s Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy chamber. Equines who suffer from wounds, infections, tendon injuries, laminitis, navicular syndrome, tissue necrosis, reproductive problems, and allergies— among other ailments— have benefitted greatly from The Sanctuary’s hyperbaric technology. The Sanctuary’s advanced treatments like Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy are particularly valuable for horse owners due to the expert technicians who administer them. Brenda McDuffee, General Manager of The Sanctuary, recently joined the most elite ranks of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy technicians by becoming one of only fifteen people to have achieved Certified Hyperbaric Technologist Veterinary Training and Certification.
McDuffee was recommended as a qualified applicant for the Certified Hyperbaric Technologist Veterinary Training and Certification test by Peter Kazakevicius, DVM (head veterinarian at The Sanctuary). Before being accepted as an applicant for the prestigious certification, McDuffee was also required to have a background of at least 240 hours of hands-on experience with hyperbaric oxygen therapy (with at least 120 hours being in veterinarian HBO). The technician more than fulfilled requirements by reaching approximately 2,000 hours of practical experience before applying for the test. McDuffee had also previously completed the Hyperbaric Medicine Team Training course and the Veterinarian Hyperbaric Medicine Training through International ATMO.
The National Board of Diving & Hyperbaric Medical Technology presents the Certified Hyperbaric Technologist Veterinary Training and Certification (CHT-V) program to ensure that technicians are as knowledgeable and prepared as possible to provide equines with first-rate care. The CHT-V test demands detailed knowledge of topics such as the physics and physiology of gases and pressure, animal behavior, animal anatomy and physiology, and when and how hyperbaric oxygen therapy should be used. Currently, only fifteen people have achieved the CHT-V Certification— including The Sanctuary’s McDuffee.
The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center is thrilled with McDuffee’s achievement. Now, the facility is even better equipped to condition and rehabilitate each horse that they come into contact with. The Sanctuary is well-known for its state-of-the-art equipment, and is equally renowned for its caring and capable staff. Every member of The Sanctuary team is qualified to help horses reach incredible results through using The Sanctuary equipment. The facility’s advanced processes involve above-ground water treadmills, cold saltwater leg spa treatment, laser therapy, an equine swimming pool, vibration plate therapy, solarium therapy, electromagnetic pulse therapy, and a respiratory machine.
To learn more about The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center, visit www.sanctuaryequinerehab.com