Founded in 1981, the Minnesota Urolith Centre (MUC) is the largest veterinary stone analysis laboratory in the world where US board-certified veterinarians and professional staff have analysed and interpreted more than 1 million samples from over 100 species. Professor Carl Osborne and Professor Jody Lulich are the directors of the centre. It is located at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.
MUC is committed to the prevention and cure of diseases of the urinary system of animals. The Centre provides quantitative urolith analysis and science-supported urolith management recommendations to veterinarians around the world. The veterinarians and scientists at the centre continually work on compassionate minimally non-invasive methods to ahieve this.
MUC is supported by an educational gift from Hills Pet Nutrition along with private contributions from veterinary professionals and pet owners. Through these subsidies, the MUC is able to provide this service at no cost to veterinarians.
Outside the US, Hill’s provides the shipment of uroliths to Minnesota, and Hill’s veterinarians and staff ensure follow-up recommendations on patient management. This service is provided free of charge. For more information about the service, contact Hill’s HelpLine on 1800 679 932 or download a submission form from here.
In 2015, MUC hit a 1 million mile ‘stone’! These submissions made possible by the partnership with Hill’s has generated valuable epidemiological data which helps us understand the pathophysiology of urolithiasis enabling treatment and prevention strategies to be devised and reviewed.
A statement from Professor Lulich reinforces the important role veterinarians play in their nutritional recommendations. “What can veterinarians do better than any physician? Dissolve struvite uroliths.” How true this is and indeed how magical it is to observe how a diet such as Hill’sTM Prescription DietTM s/dTM or c/dTM Multicare can make a stone in a cat initially seen on a radiograph disappear in a matter of weeks. It is truly remarkable and demonstrates the effectiveness of nutritional therapy at its best.
The veterinary profession owes much to the passion, persistence and innovation of the MUC team. There is still much to be learnt about companion animal urolithiasis, especially calcium oxalate pathophysiology and management. The partnership between Hill’s and MUC continues to support the work of the dedicated team at MUC.
A heartwarming video about the journey of ‘Kitana’, a dog surrendered to a Humane Society in the US and the role the Minnesota Urolith Cenre played in helping her can be viewed here.