Dr. Laura Catena is the Founder and President of The ArmOR Hand Glove®. She graduated from The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine and is a small animal veterinarian. Dr. Catena developed The ArmOR Hand Animal Handling Gloves after a potentially career-ending injury she endured while working emergency medicine. ArmOR Hand is a compassionate glove, designed to allow for proper and safe restraint technique, without the use of force. The glove is used to safely handle animals, reduce injuries to humans, improve animal welfare, and advance the cause of wildlife and pets. ArmOR Hand is a reusable, vegan glove, ensuring a low impact on the environment. The glove decreases infectious disease transmission, supporting the One Health Initiative (www.onehealthinitiative.com) as well as increases pet owner compliance for at-home medical care and recommendations.
Dr. Catena achieved a Fear Free Preferred Product certification for ArmOR Hand. She is a recipient of the Pet Age 2021 Women of Influence Award. This award celebrates individuals who set industry benchmarks for excellence. The award acknowledges high-performance leaders who have made a notable impact on the field while inspiring a new generation of women to make an impact on the pet care community and the pets we serve. This award recognizes the accomplishments and successes of women who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength and leadership to bring positive changes to the pet care community. Dr. Catena worked with The Paw Project to ban declaw surgery in the City of Pittsburgh. Dr. Catena is a contributing author to an award-winning pet advocacy site with 500M+ views and shares. She is a data-driven animal doctor known for deriving unique insights from complex information. She is a self-motivated leader translating personal experiences into relatable stories and products. Dr. Catena has been featured on veterinary podcasts and has been published in veterinary journals. Dr. Catena's interests include spirituality, self-care, fitness, The Paw Project, and human and pet nutrition.
Dr. Laura's availability:
- Radio/Podcast Interviews
- Zoom Q&A or Guest Expert
- Blog Writer/Contributor
- Veterinarian Advisor - Topics include self-care, mental/emotional health and well-being, entrepreneurship, small business owner, fitness, & spirituality.
Dr. Laura Catena’s Recommended Reading
Self Imrpovement Books
Mental Health help
Earned Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from The Ohio State University.
Increased sales in the U.S. and expanded globally solely as the Founder and President of ArmOR Hand.
Awarded Pet Age's Women of Influence Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions.
Contributing author to an award-winning pet advocacy site with 500M+ views and shares.
Worked with The Paw Project to successfully pass a ban on declaw surgery in the City of Pittsburgh.
Achieved a fear-free preferred product certification for the ArmOR Hand Glove®.
Additional Content by Dr. Catena:
The Story of ArmOR Hand
I love being a veterinarian, and I am well-aware of the seriousness of animal-related injuries. While working as an emergency medicine vet, I was bitten by a patient. My joints became infected. I had severe pain, extensive surgery, and months of physical therapy in order to re-gain proper function of my hand.
Because of my injury, I developed gloves that will help to protect against animal-related injuries. The purpose of The ArmOR Hand Gloves is to allow safe and proper animal restraint technique. Proper technique can be achieved because of the superior flexibility and dexterity of the gloves. The ArmOR Hand Protector Gloves offer protection to the wearer, while facilitating restraint of the animal by allowing sufficient flexibility and dexterity.
There are two styles available. The first style, The Original Animal Handling Glove, offers hand and arm coverage up to the elbow. Reinforced high-injury areas provide additional protection. The use of the gloves provide personal protection of the hand and forearm, decreasing the chance of bites and scratches, and the transmission of zoonotic disease. Vaccine administration is easy and possible wearing this first style, as well as the second.
The second style, the “Procedure-Palpation Glove,” is the exact same glove as The Original Animal Handling Glove. This style has the first 3 fingertips exposed. This allows for palpation, vaccine administration, blood draws, toe nail trims, ear cleanings, medication administration, placement of ET tubes - anything you need to accomplish in practice.
Our Gloves are Machine Washable!
ArmOR Hand Protective Gloves are machine washable and are able to be wiped down to help decrease zoonotic and infectious disease transmission.
MORE FEELS. LESS FORCE.®
ArmOR Hand is a Fear Free Preferred Product. The gloves are also compatible with low-stress animal handling techniques. Fear Free handling as well as low-stress handling can not be achieved by bulky "welder" gloves, or gloves that do not have superior flexibility and dexterity. This is because we are not able to compassionately or safely restrain without the use of excessive force when using bulky gloves.
Our gloves offer protection, cost savings, safety, low-stress handling & they are professionally endorsed.
ArmOR Hand gloves are made of ALL synthetic materials. Stretch Cordura – one of the materials of the gloves is the STRONGEST of the stretch materials – it is used in the lining of tires. Neoprene over the knuckle – another material allows for increased hand articulation. Double Knit Kevlar – Kevlar is another VERY strong material used in the gloves. Inside of the cuff – Non-Slip material added for increased protection.
ARMOR HAND GLOVE REVIEWS
Professional animal caregivers, pet owners, wildlife rehabbers, and others absolutely love ArmOR Hand Gloves. See their reviews here!
Be safe. Glove up.|More Feels. Less Force.®
The ArmOR Hand Protective Gloves® are bite resistant, not bite proof.
They can decrease the severity of injury, if injury occurs.