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Advanced Care Veterinary Services is offering Stem Cell therapy for dogs and cats who suffer from orthopedic conditions such as osteoarthritis and tendon and ligament injuries.

2015-09-10 --

Advanced Care Veterinary Services is offering Stem Cell therapy for dogs and cats who suffer from orthopedic conditions such as osteoarthritis and tendon and ligament injuries. The therapy is performed by Dr Douglas Stramel in conjunction with VetStem Biopharma.


Douglas Stramel received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 1991. In 1994 he was accepted as an intern with the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center (DVSC). While at DVSC he gained extensive knowledge in advanced surgical techniques. Dr. Stramel is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, International Veterinary Academy of Pain Medicine (IVAPM), and International Association for the Study of Pain and American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.

     He sits as Chair of ‘Advisory Council on Pain Management’ through IVAPM, which is dedicated to publishing pain management guidelines in the field of veterinary medicine. In the inaugural year of 2009, he received the credentials of Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner and is the first and only veterinarian to receive this credentialing in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He contracts through Pfizer Animal Health to provide continuing education presentations and wet labs on the topics of anesthesia and pain management to local practitioners.

     Dr. Stramel has been certified in Regenerative Cell Therapy since 2007, using adult derived stem cells to treat a wide variety of orthopedic conditions. Dr. Stramel has treated several patients with stem cell therapy including his own dog.

Stem cells are regenerative cells that can differentiate into many tissue types as well as being able to reduce  pain and inflammation thus helping to restore range of motion and stimulate regeneration of tendon, ligament and joint tissues (  In a study using Vet-Stem Regenerative Cell Therapy on dogs with osteoarthritis of the hip joint it was found that regenerative cell therapy (adipose-derived stem cells) decreases patient discomfort and increases patient functional ability.


Once Dr. Stramel has identified a patient as a good candidate for stem cell therapy the procedure begins with a fatty tissue collection from the patient.  The tissue sample is sent overnight to VetStem’s lab in California for processing.  Once processed the stem cells are quality checked and then injectable doses of the patient’s stem cells are sent overnight, back to Dr. Stramel at Advanced Care Veterinary Services.  Within 48hrs of collecting a fat sample from a patient Dr. Stramel is able to inject stem cells into (arthritic or injured) affected areas and healing can begin.


About Advanced Care Veterinary Services


Advanced Care Veterinary Services, which opened in 2013, is a state of the art pain management and rehabilitation facility in Lewisville, Texas. They offer a wide variety of therapies and services including Stem Cell Therapy, physical therapy, including modalities such as acupuncture, electrical stimulation, low level laser therapy, aqua-therapy, intra-muscular dry needling, shockwave therapy and therapeutic exercise/activities. Multi-modal pain management services are a huge focus that offers cutting edge protocols to treat osteoarthritis, inter-vertebral disc disease, cancer, and more.  It is the first facility of its kind in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. The facility is headed up by Dr Douglas Stramel who has been serving the area for over 20 years. It boasts a state-of-the art 3,800 square foot facility, equipped with the first indoor public dog pool in Dallas.   





About VetStem Biopharma

VetStem Biopharma is a veterinarian lead company that was formed in 2002 to bring regenerative medicine to the profession. This privately held biopharmaceutical enterprise, based near San Diego (California), currently offers veterinarians an autologous stem cell processing service (from patients’ own fat tissue) among other regenerative modalities. With a unique expertise acquired over the past 12 years and 11,000 patients treated by veterinarians for joint, tendon or ligament issues, VetStem has made regenerative medicine applications a therapeutic reality beyond the realm of research. The VetStem team is focused on developing new clinically practical and affordable veterinary solutions that leverage the natural restorative abilities present in all living creatures. The company’s stated mission being “to extend and enhance the lives of animals by improving the quality of recovery in acute conditions, but also by unlocking ways to slow, stop and ultimately revert the course of chronic diseases”. In addition to its’ own portfolio of patents, Vet-Stem holds exclusive global veterinary licenses to a portfolio of over 55 issued patents in the field of regenerative medicine.


Advanced Care Veterinary Services

Dr Douglas Stramel



VetStem Biopharma , Inc

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Marketing Operation Manager

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