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VETERINARY INSTRUMENTS, IMPLEMENTS, TOOLS, OR METHODS
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Apparatus (i.e. instruments, implements, machines, structures, tools) or processes for enhancing or controlling the breeding of companion, domesticated, exotic, or wild animals (e.g. artificial vaginas, uterus disinfecting means), wherein the apparatus or processes are specially adapted to be only usable with animals.

Apparatus (i.e. instruments, implements, machines, structures, tools) or processes limited to use in the treatment, reconstruction, removal or replacement of the teeth, gums, or other parts within the mouth of companion, domesticated, exotic, or wild animals for medical purposes (i.e. dentistry), wherein the apparatus or processes are specially adapted to be only usable with animals and for dental procedures.

Apparatus (i.e. instruments, implements, machines, structures, tools) or processes for introducing medication (e.g. vaccines) or other material having an effect on bodily functions (e.g. seminal fluids, euthanasia poisons, stimulants) into or onto the bodies of companion, domesticated, exotic, or wild animals, wherein the apparatus or processes are specially adapted to be only usable with animals and for medical purposes.

Apparatus (i.e. instruments, implements, machines, structures, tools) or processes for medical procedures that employ physical actions on portions of companion, domesticated, exotic, or wild animal bodies to correct, enhance, inspect, or treat them (i.e. surgery), wherein the apparatus or processes are specially adapted to be only usable with animals and for medical procedures.

Animal surgery consists of the following medical procedures:

  • repositioning (e.g. aligning broken bones, opening wounds) or removing (e.g. cropping tails) parts of animal bodies;
  • stabilizing (e.g. inserting bone pins) to prevent harmful movement of parts of animal bodies;
  • repairing (e.g. cauterizing beaks) animal bodies;
  • facilitating the occurrence of naturally occurring bodily functions (e.g. degassing stomachs, death) that are out of the ordinary;
  • introducing, collecting, or removing cells or organs to or from animal bodies; and
  • introducing or taking out foreign objects (e.g. bullets) to or from animal bodies.

Apparatus (i.e. instruments, implements, machines, structures, tools) or processes for evaluating, examining, measuring, monitoring, studying, or testing particular characteristics and aspects of the bodies of companion, domesticated, exotic, or wild animals (i.e. diagnosis), wherein the apparatus or processes are specially adapted to be only usable with animals and for medical purposes. Animal diagnosis consists of scrutinizing the following characteristics or aspects of animal bodies:

  • internal (e.g. lungs) or external (e.g. hooves) portions of the bodies;
  • abnormal bodily conditions (e.g. detecting foreign bodies);
  • inappropriate mental conditions (e.g. neurobiological-based compulsions or unacceptable psychological behavior), and
  • bodily functions (e.g. vision).

Implements, devices, or materials exclusively for animals that are:

  • designed to be placed on or cover sores (e.g. blisters, boils) or wounds (e.g. cuts, abrasions) for extended periods of time (i.e. at least several minutes, but frequently for days) during their healing process to absorb fluids from, protect, or medicate them (e.g. poultices) and
  • specially adapted to be only usable with companion, domesticated, exotic, or wild animals.

Adjunct, auxiliary, or supplementary structures or means (e.g. operating tables, clean rooms) that are specially adapted to be only usable with companion, domesticated, exotic, or wild animals during their diagnosis, dentistry, surgery, or for other medical purposes. These adjunct, auxiliary, or supplementary structures or means contribute to the effectiveness (e.g. washing devices) or safety (e.g. handling gloves, mouth openers) of medical procedures, but may or may not themselves involve direct contact with the animal's body (e.g. thermometer holder).

Specially adapted components of apparatus having structural features limiting them to use with diagnostic, dental, or surgical apparatus for animals.

Accessories specially adapted for use with the above types of apparatus, means, or structures.

All other types of apparatus (i.e. instruments, implements, machines, structures, tools) or processes that are not specifically provided for in another subclass which are:

  • utilized for medical treatment of companion, domesticated, exotic, or wild animals;
  • typically used only in an animal hospital-like facility or by animal medical personnel, and
  • only useable with animals.
Relationship between large subject matter areas
Embodiments of apparatus, instruments, implements, structures, tools, or processes that are used on both humans and animals (i.e. have a more general utility) for maintaining their health or for other medical purposes
Apparatus or methods normally used by non-medical personnel in the care of animals to maintain their health e.g. animal husbandry
References relevant to classification in this subclass
This subclass/group does not cover:
Animal feed bags
Sucking apparatus for young stock
Animal dehorners
Apparatus to help wean animals
Devices for assisting or preventing mating
Animal feeding-stuffs with antibiotics
Mouth openers for use on humans and animals
Surgical instruments for veterinary use (electrosurgical apparatus A61B17/36)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Surgical instrument exclusively designed for animals.

Trocars or cannulas for teats (milking catheters A01J 3/00); Vaccination appliances
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Milking catheters
[N: Vaccination appliances (hypodermic syringes A61M)]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Devices and installations for vaccinating animals.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Hypodermic syringes
Veterinary obstetrical instruments or devices (devices for indicating trouble during labour of animals A61D 17/00))
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Methods or instruments for detecting pregnancy-related states of animals
Instruments for removing foreign bodies from animals' throats, oesophagus, or stomachs (instruments for removing foreign bodies from the human body A61B 17/50)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Instruments for removing foreign bodies from the human body
Appliances for supporting or fettering animals for operative purposes (fettering in slaughter houses A22B 1/00)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Fettering in slaughter houses
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
With head or neck restraining means
With leg or foot restraining means
Instruments for treating animals' teeth
Relationship between large subject matter areas

Dental instruments for human beings A61C.

Devices or methods for introducing solid, liquid, or gaseous remedies or other materials into or onto the bodies of animals (for reproduction or fertilisation A61D 19/00; syringes A61M; devices for implanting pellets, radon seeds or the like A61M37/04)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
For reproduction or fertilisation
Devices for implanting pellets, radon seeds or the like
A61M37/04
Bandages, poultices, compresses specially adapted to veterinary purposes (fetlock-joint protecting rings A01K 13/00)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Fetlock-joint protecting rings
Washing devices or gaseous curative baths specially adapted to veterinary purposes
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Devices or installation for washing or bathing animals for therapeutic purposes, e.g. bubble bath, spa, hoof bath.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Milking machine accessories for treatment of udders or teats
Thermometer holders specially adapted to veterinary purposes
Mouth openers (devices to prevent crib-biting A01K 13/00)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Devices to prevent crib-biting
Devices for indicating trouble during labour of animals; [N: Methods or instruments for detecting pregnancy-related states of animals]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Methods and instruments for detecting and monitoring pregnancy-related states of animals such as oestrus, mating, pregnancy and parturition.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Monitoring or measuring activity of animals
[N: for detecting period of heat of animals, i.e. for detecting oestrus]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
For humans
Instruments or methods for reproduction or fertilisation
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Devices and methods exclusively for reproduction or fertilisation of non-human animals.

[N: Apparatus for collecting seminal fluids; Artificial vaginas]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Devices for collecting semen from a male animal.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
For humans
[N: Containers for animal semen, e.g. pouches or vials (A61D 19/027 takes precedence); Methods or apparatus for treating or handling animal semen containers, e.g. filling or closing the containers]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Devices for containing animal semen such as flexible pouches or rigid vials. Installation for filling or closing semen containers.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Device for injecting semen into animals
Subject matter not provided for in other groups of this subclass
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Last Modified: 10/11/2013