Vet-tech start-up leads the way with AI


A veterinary research and development company set to revolutionise the UK and global pet market has filed patents for artificial intelligence (AI) technology.

Based in Leeds, Vet-AI brings AI to the global pet market, an industry worth £100 billion.

Founded in early 2017 by tech expert Paul Hallett and experienced veterinarian Robert Dawson, Vet-AI is an R&D company developing a number of solutions that focus on supporting pets, vets and giving pet parents the tools to access care more affordably and conveniently when their pets need it most. The company’s flagship brand, Joii, is set to launch in April 2019.

Trevor Hardcastle, chief data scientist at Vet-AI and renowned physicist, with 19 published papers to his name, commented: “This technology allows us to learn the statistical patterns present in our data to discover preventative healthcare intervention strategies for the benefit of our beloved pets. It's very exciting to collaborate with veterinarians and expert data scientists to develop new groundbreaking technologies with the ultimate goal of improving animal welfare.”

Vet-AI has a clear focus on bringing revolutionary innovation to the industry with the support of vets. The company is going to extensive lengths to scientifically validate the vision by involving the world’s biggest animal health pharmaceutical companies, leading universities and the RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons). 

Vet-AI is passionate about developing new technologies with veterinary professionals at the heart of everything they do. 

Co-founder Robert Dawson commented: “Sadly there is a real problem with vets leaving the profession, a lot of which is down to the difficulty of maintaining a work/life balance within traditional practices, particularly for those with young families. We are building technologies that will offer an alternative way of working with complete flexibility. By doing so we believe we will help keep some amazing vets working within this great profession and give them new ways to connect and engage with pets and pet parents."

Co-founder, Paul Hallett commented: “In the coming years new insights will be discovered from our technology that will lead to better treatments and stronger relationships between vets, pets and pet parents.”

The company plans to partner with charities in the near future, with animal welfare at the forefront of Vet-AI. Both Paul and Robert are keen to donate some of the firm's profits to mental health and animal welfare charities. 

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