About

GA Medical Veterinary & Me

GA Medical Veterinary is my self run micro business that develops custom veterinary instruments. I specialise in producing medical devices for wildlife, marine mammals, fish and avian patients. So generally, for animals that most companies do not and will not service because they are not commercially viable. I donate a lot of my time in developing and designing devices for wildlife. Often many of the devices that I make, don’t pay themselves off due to the time, development, engineering and production costs. 

I do this because no one else does. I enjoy the challenge and seeing the results of my devices helping the animals that would otherwise suffer, be only half treated, or worst of all die. 

So I am here to help.

My journey into this area begun after I approached a few zoos in Australia and asked if there are any veterinary surgical instruments that I could help develop. The answer was “Yes”, there are a heap of things that can be made to help wildlife. What I learnt is that most wildlife and avian patients are treated with medical devices designed for humans. So many of the surgical instruments are not suited for animal use and must be adapted or modified, and even then they often only do a fraction of what they should. Only a few devices are specifically made for animals. In saying that, those “animal specific” devices, are generally designed for animals that are widely kept as pets and generate profits, such as cats, dogs, horses and livestock.

There are many design projects that I am working on at the moment for wildlife healthcare. When I finish one, often two more pop up. Having the financial resources would allow me to make them all. But these projects are usually self funded developments. So I do what I can, and try to never to say no to a project that I know will help an animal. 

Girius GA Medical Pty Ltd

Girius Antanaitis BDes(IndDes)

  • Founder & Managing Director of GA Medical Pty Ltd
  • Industrial Designer
  • Passion for helping Wildlife & Avian patients
  • Woodworker, Metalworker
  • Scout Leader
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What I Do...

GA Veterinary in The News

Orangutan Foundation International - Operation Sun Bear Borneo

Custom-made triple pelvic osteotomy (TPO) implant project to widen the malformed pelvis of mistreated Sun Bear from Borneo.

Lithuanian National Radio & Television (LRT) - News Article

News article in Lithuanian

7 News Australia - Australian vets to perform world-first surgery on Borneo bear

News article regarding my custom-made pelvic implant for a Sun Bear

The Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) - Lecture Series

Lecture series for students, veterinarians and professors at LSMU about wildlife healthcare and veterinary instrument t design

Taronga Conservation Society Australia - Life-saving, world-first operation

News article at Taronga Zoo regarding the unique Sun Bear pelvic operation and the team involved

Murdoch University - Brighter days ahead for a sun bear

A short history or Hitam the Sun Bear and the procedure to relieve her pain

Design Innovation Centre (Vilnius) - „Diagnozė: Dizaino veterinarija“

Lecture series for design professionals and students regarding surgical instrument design and methods in Vilnius, Lithuania

Edita Magazine - 2020 Edition 9

Girius Antanaitis - Edita Žurnalas

15Min - Online News Article

Article about my work and biography in Lithuanian

News Radio - Digital Horizons - Live Radio & Video Recording

News Radio chat program exploring my projects and designs in Lithuanian

Lietuvos Rytas - News Article

Extract of interview within "Gyvenimo būdas“ printed in "Lietuvos Rytas" newspaper.