OkcPets Magazine January 2023

January / February 2023 • OKC Pets 37 C elerity is swiftness of movement, which is why Heather and Andy An- ders, owners of Celerity Prosthetics, decided to use the word in their company name. Although Celerity’s original intent was to design prosthetics for humans, the owners — animal lovers who have seven dogs — have also graciously and generously served the animal community with their devices. “More than you think, animals tend to lose legs,” said Andy Anders, who treated his first animal prosthetic patient, a dog named Lovely, about eight years ago. He did not charge a fee for those services. Since then, Anders says, he has built about a dozen animal prosthetics in the past three or four years, donating his services and talents to help make a difference. One of the animals who benefits from those prosthetic talents is William the Holstein steer, who was injured when he was a calf and had a leg amputated. “Animals give us so much, and so this is the least that I can do for an animal,” he said. “I just do it because I love it. I love animals, and animals bring me a lot of joy.” Path to a Prosthetics Career Celerity Prosthetics has been in existence for about 10 years, “making arms from shoulder to fingers and legs from hips to toes,” Anders said. The company also can create cosmetic fingers, silicone resto- rations, and functioning devices, anything “to get people back to everyday normal activities; that’s the stuff that we fabricate and build.” Anders originally planned to go to medical school, but he veered off that plan. After earning a degree in biology, he pursued a degree and then a career in com- puter science. One day, he saw prosthetics in a clinical setting and was intrigued. He William rests serenely in the sun- light. At three weeks old, he was injured and broke his leg, which resulted in amputation. Celerity Prosthetics designed and fabricated this prosthetic device just for William the steer.