U of M launches nation's first animal trauma center

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The University of Minnesota's Veterinary Medical Center is now home to the nation's first animal trauma center.

For years the center has been a leader in animal care. Now, they're taking their top practices and highlighting the best of the best into one.

The trauma center will give the hospital the opportunity to track how staff handles cases and allows them to study it and improve care, according to Dr. Kelly Hall, head of the trauma center.

"We're learning how to better treat patients and delivering the most cutting edge treatments that we have available," Hall said.

Former Roseville police dog Major is helping the vet center become a leader in animal care. Major was stabbed while on duty four month ago. He was brought to the emergency room and underwent massive surgery. Major's owner, John Jorgensen, said Major would have died if it weren't for the care he received.

"The staff here not only saved his life they've helped us try to get him back to the best that he can be and getting him strong again through rehab and all that stuff. It's been amazing," Jorgensen said.

Hall said cases like Major's will help them find a better way to treat animals with trauma injuries. The vet center is working with five other universities across the country in hopes of creating other trauma centers to share information with in the future.

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