Veterinary Medical Devices

veterinary medical devicesVeterinarians use a variety of medical devices, including those used in surgery (bone plates, screws, prosthetics…..), imaging (ultrasound, lasers, …) and topical wounds (dressings, wound care gels, ….).

Veterinary medical devices are products which are “…..intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in man or other animals, or [which is] intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of man or other animals …”, and which “does not achieve its primary intended purposes through chemical action within or on the body ……, and … is not dependent upon being metabolized for the achievement of its primary intended purposes.”  

Veterinary Medical Device Regulations: Unlike human medicine, veterinary medical devices are not subject to a formal approval process.  Refer to the link below for additional information.




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Examples of Veterinary Medical Equipment

Ultrasound Units

Digital Radiography Units

CT and MRI

Anesthesia Systems


Other Examples of Veterinary Devices

Veterinary bioscaffolds - acellular

Veterinary biomaterials

Veterinary polymers


Tissue repair gels

Bone polymers

IOLs and glaucoma shunts

Veterinary Regulatory Links

In veterinary medicine, medical devices are regulated under the purview of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine.  Veterinary medical devices do not require submission of a Premarket Approval (PMA) or 510k.