Vet-AI partners with University of Leeds academics 

Veterinary technology specialist Vet-AI has entered into a knowledge transfer partnership (KTP) with senior academics from the University of Leeds.

The company, which is based at the university’s Nexus innovation hub, will work with Mark Gilthorpe, professor of statistical epidemiology at the School of Medicine and Health and Dr Ali Gooya, lecturer in computer science at the School of Computing.

The pair will work with the Vet-AI team on technology to diagnose and predict skin conditions in cats and dogs using its Joii app for pet owners.

Trevor Hardcastle, chief data scientist at Vet-AI, said: « We’re delighted to welcome Professor Gilthorpe and Dr Gooya as our academic experts to work alongside our R&D and clinical team as we focus on developing our app’s capacity for automatic diagnosis and prediction of skin conditions in cats and dogs.

« Renowned experts in their fields of predictive modelling and AI, they will be helping us to derive novel insights into pet data across age, gender, previous illnesses, treatments and allergies, in what will be the world’s biggest clinical trial on pet welfare. The new findings and disease prediction capability has the potential to be expanded into other areas of pet health including cardiology and neurology. »

Vet-AI was founded in 2017 by tech expert Paul Hallett, experienced veterinarian Robert Dawson and veterinary dermatologist Sarah Warren.

The company’s Joii app enables pet owners to list their pet’s symptoms, which are then assessed by the AI triage model, generating information to help them decide what to do next, whether it be no action at all, consulting a vet online or visiting a practice.

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