VetCT has published a white paper on the use and potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in veterinary medicine.

The paper details the current and potential uses of this rapidly developing technology, and its benefits and risks.

It provides an introduction to AI and its uses in human medicine, small animal, farm and equine practice, radiology and veterinary education.

It also looks at the potential impact on the wellbeing and working life of veterinary teams.

Results from VetCT’s recent survey on the opinions of AI within the veterinary profession are included in the paper.

Julien Labruyère, Chief Innovation Officer at VetCT, said: “This is a crucial moment in the veterinary industry to ensure we have the knowledge and safeguards in place to apply AI safely, effectively and with confidence to support good clinical practice and ultimately, improve animal welfare.

« This white paper aims to provide a firm foundation for understanding AI and stimulate discussion on how it may impact both people and animals.”

The paper also calls for the development of industry-wide guidance, standards and regulations to safeguard veterinary teams and animal health and welfare as these tools are deployed.

Julien added: “AI development is accelerating rapidly, with global governments and industries racing to regulate to ensure the benefits outweigh the potential negative impacts of this far-reaching technology.

« It’s vital that opinion leaders, organisations and regulators from across the veterinary world come together and develop guardrails so we can have confidence that AI tools will benefit our teams and our patients.”

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