Leeds company uses latest technology to help vets and pets


A research and development company is aiming to use state-of-the-art technology to revolutionise the way that people care for their pets.

Leeds-based Vet-AI will next year launch Joii, an app that allows owners to get diagnostic and treatment advice for poorly pets without leaving home.

The company says the app will also give vets more flexible ways of doing their job at a time when many people are leaving the profession because of the difficulty of maintaining a happy work-life balance in traditional practice set-ups.

Trevor Hardcastle, chief data scientist at Vet-AI and a respected physicist with 19 published papers to his name, said: “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 was founded by tech expert Paul Hallett and experienced veterinarian Robert Dawson, who are keen to donate some of the firm’s profits to animal welfare charities.

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The platform aims to highlight the giant strides being made by a sector that boasts around 3,000 organisations in Leeds.