Dr Paul Eason leads the surgery and critical care services at Franklin Vets Pukekohe, as well as managing the clinic of nine vets and ten nurses, and sitting on the Board of Franklin Vets as a Director and a Shareholder.
Dr Paul Eason graduated from Edinburgh University in 1989, and after 8 years of mixed and then small animal practice he emigrated to New Zealand in 1997. Partnership in Franklin Vets followed soon after, and a focus on improved services lead to Pukekohe clinic growing from the two vet clinic it was then to the size it is now, including moving into a purpose built premise in 2002. Interest in setting practice standards has resulted in Franklin Vets Pukekohe being a member of the Best Practice scheme run by the New Zealand Vet Association since 1997.
Post-graduate study over a period of several years resulted in double Membership of the Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, firstly in Surgery, then a few years later in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine.
Paul has been involved in orthopaedic surgery and trauma management since graduating, and was lucky to graduate at a time when general practitioner vets were required to do a lot more of the surgery that is often referred to specialist clinics these days.
His areas of particular interest include cruciate ligament injury, patellar luxation, fracture repair, wound management, cancer surgery, airway surgery, total ear canal ablation, and more recently elbow dysplasia surgery.
Paul is very keen to provide solutions for people’s pets that are affordable, effective, and that reduce problems for the animal later in life. Tibial plateau levelling osteotomy (TPLO), Prophylactic gastropexy, soft palate resection, and a variety of elbow procedures are good examples of operations that can make a tremendous difference to the health and wellbeing of the pet for the rest of its life.
There is a definite place for specialist surgeons in New Zealand, dealing with the more difficult cases, or requiring investment in particular pieces of equipment, and Paul is not a registered Specialist. However, many animal owners may not be aware of how many procedures can be done in a modern general practice by vets with special interest, rather than specialisation, and this is something Paul is keen to provide for people.
Critical care interest has led to heavy investment in laboratory equipment in the clinic, allowing a wide array of tests to be run on site, in a matter of minutes. This means better patient care, earlier diagnosis, and faster return to good health once the correct treatment can be started.
Paul is a member of the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the International Society of Feline Medicine, is the New Zealand representative on the Idexx Asia-Pacific Advisory Board, and a member by examination of the Surgery Chapter and the Emergency and Critical Care Society Chapter of the Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Combined with the Veterinary Information Network, the New Zealand Vet Association, and other regular journals, this provides him with more up to date information than it is possible to read but constitutes an excellent resource for research of cases.