Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging Names Simon Platt, BVM&S As Small Animal Medical Director
Illinois and U.K-based Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging has named Dr. Simon Platt as its Small Animal Medical Director.
Dr. Platt will direct Hallmarq's small animal clinical program, including input to product development, marketing, and support while fostering a sense of community among Hallmarq's clinical partners.
Currently a professor at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., Dr. Platt has authored more than 200 journal articles and 50 book chapters on canine and feline neurology. He will remain at the university while working with Hallmarq.
“Our vision at Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging is to improve the lives of animals and the people who care for them," said Jos Belgrave, Chief Executive Officer of Hallmarq. "We believe Dr. Platt will support this vision with his commitment to clinical teaching and research, with an aim to increasing access to leading-edge neurological science for more practices in the small animal area."
Dr. Platt graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1992 and then completed a Neurology and Neurosurgery residency in 1998 at the University of Florida. He is co-editor of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Neurology and the Manual of Small Animal Neurological Emergencies, Past-President of the ACVIM Neurology Specialty, and Founder member of the South Eastern Veterinary Neurology (SEVEN) group in the USA. Currently, He serves as Editor in Chief of the NAVC journal Today’s Veterinary Practice and was made a fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2018.
“The position interested me because Hallmarq is a leader in the market and the world and a company that provides many things other companies just don’t offer in terms of quality, innovation, support, and a veterinary-specific high-field MRI,” Dr. Platt said.
Dr. Platt indicated this new position will allow him to better help veterinarians understand MRI and imaging technology to make it work for their practices.
“I have consulted with a number of vets about MRI imaging situations and have helped many work through those cases. It has become obvious to me that there is a real need to help the profession learn more about how to make imaging work for them,” he said.
Dr. Platt has worked with MRI technology since 1995 and will utilize that substantial experience to help veterinarians better understand and embrace the changes it brings to their patients’ outcomes.
“High tech can be intimidating. I can help figure out how to best use this technology and work with Hallmarq to form an alliance to help veterinarians become more comfortable with how MRI works for their practice,” he said.
Dr. Platt’s research background will provide immediate and long-term benefits to Hallmarq and its veterinarian clients as part of their exclusive Q-Care program.
“The value of being involved in research has taught me what is important. We want to use research to advance the profession and improve treatment diagnosis and outcomes. I have developed a practical understanding of what’s important and knowing what components are actually valuable to the patient is essential,” he said.
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