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Dr. Armelle de Laforcade

Extensive evaluation of hemostasis and monitoring of anticoagulation therapy can be readily accomplished using the equipment housed in the coagulation laboratory at Tufts University‘s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine:

Dr. Armelle de LaForcade

Dr. Armelle de Laforcade, associate professor and section head for Emergency Care at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals. Image courtesy Worcester Magazine.

  • Thromboelastography allows for the global assessment of hemostasis, and is particularly useful for the identification of hypercoagulable states. Platelet mapping using thromboelastography documents the degree of platelet inhibition experienced by animals receiving platelet inhibitors (aspirin, clopidogrel).
  • The hemostasis anaylzer, ACL Elite, allows for in-house measurement of hemostatic variables including antithrombin, protein C, Von Willebrands factor, and fibrinogen.¬† The ability to measure anti-Xa activity is particularly useful for monitoring animals undergoing anticoagulation using unfractionated or low molecular weight heparin.
  • The multiplate platelet aggregometer, currently used mostly as a research tool, allows us to explore the effect of platelet inhibitors on canine platelets.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have related to coagulation testing.  Armelle de Laforcade is available to your clients by appointment for anticoagulation monitoring. Test results and therapeutic recommendations will be faxed to you immediately following the appointment. Please contact Dr. Armelle de Laforcade (armelle.delaforcade@tufts.edu ) for more information.

For a recent interview with Dr. de Laforcade, please visit Worcester Magazine.