Vet-tech start-up partners with academics to ‘revolutionise’ pet healthcare

Vet-tech start-up, Vet-AI, has formed a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with academics at the University of Leeds to “revolutionise” the pet healthcare industry.

The KTP will bring AI experts in image analysis, Professor David Hogg and Dr Derek Magee, from the University’s School of Computing to supervise a ground-breaking new project.

A full-time KTP Associate will be appointed to work alongside the Vet-AI team based at Nexus, the University’s innovation hub.

Vet-AI launched its flagship app – Joii – earlier this year and has now received grant funding from Innovate UK for this KTP to bring in the academic expertise to enhance the customer experience.

Using video-based machine learning models, the new feature will enable pet owners to use the video camera on their smartphone to detect gait abnormalities, such as arthritis and hip dysplasia.

“Our move to Nexus was driven by our desire to collaborate with academic minds at the University of Leeds to overcome complex challenges and grow our platform’s technology,” Paul Hallett, co-founder of Vet-AI.

“This partnership clearly vindicates that decision and we’re delighted to be working with world leading tech experts as we move into a new phase of AI development.”

This Knowledge Transfer Partnership project, funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK, is part of the government’s Industrial Strategy.