Dr. Laura Hokett

RapidBac™ Vet (RBV)

How long have you been using RapidBac™ Vet?

Dr. Hokett

Less than 1 year.

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Why did you originally purchase RapidBac™ Vet?

Dr. Hokett

Recommendation of veterinary internal medicine specialist in practice.

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Who in the clinic actually performs the test?

Dr. Hokett

Technicians.

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Under what circumstances do you offer RapidBac™ Vet as an option to clients?

Dr. Hokett

To rule in/out infections in any fluid, often dilute urine samples but also other body fluids.

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Do you think that RapidBac™ Vet is a trustworthy alternative to microscopic urinalysis (or other methods) for detecting bacteriuria?

Dr. Hokett

It’s better - 97% accurate, more accurate than culture. Novel since it detects bacterial cell wall dead or alive.

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What do you do when you get a positive result with RapidBac™ Vet?

Dr. Hokett

Culture if possible, if not, I’ll make an antibiotic choice based on result.

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What do you do when you get a negative result with RapidBac™ Vet?

Dr. Hokett

Do not treat with antibiotics!

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How do you use RapidBac™ Vet in cases of diabetic patients?

Dr. Hokett

As indicated in dilute urine.

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How do you use RapidBac™ Vet in emergency/24-hour care?

Dr. Hokett

As needed for any body fluid, abdominal/chest taps, etc.

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What advice would you have for veterinarians who are considering RapidBac™ Vet?

Dr. Hokett

Great addition to practice. Avoids negative cultures and unnecessary antibiotics promoting drug resistance.

About Dr. Laura Hokett

Dr. Hokett graduated from LSU in 1987. She worked at two large progressive animal hospitals in Las Vegas where she lived for 17 years. Best Friends Animal Hospital and Pet Hotel was her dream hospital and opened in Fayetteville, AR in 2005.
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