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L'entreprise Flex Sense propose un système de surveillance pour les huîtres

L'entreprise Flex Sense propose un système de surveillance pour les huîtres | Connected Vet | Scoop.it
L'entreprise Flex Sense, installée à La Roche-sur-Yon, a inventé «l'huître mystère», un faux mollusque qui permet d'éviter les vols dans les exploitations conchylicoles.
Créée il y a un an, l'entreprise Flex Sense est une pionnière en matière de télémétrie en milieu marin. Elle a en effet inventé un faux coquillage qui, dès qu'il entre en mouvement, envoie une alerte sur le téléphone de son propriétaire. L'objectif: permettre aux conchyliculteurs de ne plus se faire voler leur production.
Le fonctionnement du dispositif est simple: les «huîtres mystères» émettent un signal à intensité spécifique qui est capté par des antennes relais installées sur le littoral. Il suffit de trois antennes pour identifier précisément l'endroit où se trouve l'huître. L'outil est extrêmement précis et rapide: les huîtres sont localisées à cinq mètres près, et l'alerte est envoyée au propriétaire en quelques secondes.
Une technologie révolutionnaire qui a été inspirée à l'entreprise par les conchyliculteurs eux-mêmes. «Ils nous ont dit que leur souhait principal était de ne plus se faire voler leurs coquillages», raconte au Figaro Emmanuel Parlier, fondateur de Flex Sense. La société répond également à un autre besoin des producteurs d'huîtres grâce à sa technologie Flex Monitoring, qui permet de surveiller l'environnement des coquillages (salinité et acidité de l'eau, pollutions éventuelles...) afin d'endiguer les phénomènes de mortalité rencontrés ces dernières années.
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Nouveauté sur le Pet Tracker d'Invoxia ! Suivez l'activité de vos ��

Nouveauté sur le Pet Tracker d'Invoxia ! Suivez l'activité de vos �� | Connected Vet | Scoop.it

Votre Pet Tracker vous permet désormais de suivre l’activité de votre animal grâce à une technologie innovante d’intelligence artificielle ! Mettez le tracker à jour dès maintenant depuis la dernière version de l'application smartphone afin d’en profiter.
Journal d’activité 
Le journal d’activité de votre animal va vous être envoyé 2 fois par jour, vers midi pour l’activité du matin et vers minuit pour l’activité du soir :
 
Temps total d’activité : marche, course, jeu, chasse de souris et de ballons… 
Distance totale parcourue : elle est estimée à partir de la durée totale de marche et de course détectée. 
Indice de repos : pour les chiens, il s’agit du taux d’immobilité entre 1h et 5h du matin, qui indique la qualité de sommeil. Pour les chats, qui dorment de manière étalée toute la journée, on indique le temps total de repos.

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Un test ADN destiné aux chiens croisés pour déterminer leur ascendance

Un test ADN destiné aux chiens croisés pour déterminer leur ascendance | Connected Vet | Scoop.it

Il est désormais possible d’établir les races dont est issue un chien croisé. Wisdom Health, appartenant au géant américain Mars Petcare et dédié à l’analyse de l’ADN canin, lance ainsi sur le marché français son test Wisdom Panel 2.0®. Déjà disponible depuis 2008 aux Etats-Unis et 2014 au Royaume-Uni, et pratiqué sur plus d’un million d’animaux,  il est destiné à assouvir la curiosité des maîtres mais aussi « anticiper les problèmes de santé typiques de certaines races de chien » ou « comprendre les comportements ou des traits de caractères propres à certaines races ». 

En pratique, le test, à commander en ligne, s’effectue à partir d’un prélèvement buccal à retourner grâce au kit d’envoi fourni (en France chez Eurofins Genomics SAS), après activation en ligne. Fort d’une base de données de plus de 220 races, types et variétés, et l’analyse de 1 800 marqueurs génétiques, un algorithme calcule l’appartenance la plus probable de l’animal sur 3 générations. Les résultats sont connus au bout de 3 semaines. Ils annoncent la répartition, en pourcentages, des races et groupes de races présents chez le chien, un arbre généalogique présentant les races des ancêtres du chien sur trois générations, des informations sur chaque race et groupe de races identifiés, l’estimation du poids idéal. Il est possible de les transmettre au vétérinaire. La version 3.0 sera disponible en janvier 2019, agrémentée d’un test de sensibilité médicamenteuse (MDR). Il est d’ores et déjà prévu la commercialisation en France de tests destinés au grand public pour le dépistage de maladies génétiques et de tests destinés aux animaux de pure race, tandis qu’une offre dédiée au marché vétérinaire est à l’étude.

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Ekico la guêtre connectée présente au BEVA le plus grand rassemblement européen de vétérinaires équins

Ekico la guêtre connectée présente au BEVA le plus grand rassemblement européen de vétérinaires équins | Connected Vet | Scoop.it


EKICO ÉTAIT PRÉSENTE AU BEVA – BRITISH EQUINE VETERINARY ASSOCIATION CONGRESS DU 12 AU 15 SEPTEMBRE 2018 À BIRMINGHAM POUR PRÉSENTER SA GUÊTRE INTELLIGENTE.

Le BEVA Congress, un des plus importants congrès européen reconnu du milieu vétérinaire, a permis à Ekico de tenir sa première exposition dans des conditions optimales puisque 1200 vétérinaires et soignants étaient présents. La solution de monitoring de la locomotion du cheval proposée par Ekico est soutenue par le Professeur Roger Smith du Royal Veterinary College de Londres, le Professeur Jean-Michel Vandeweerd de l’Université de Namur et du Docteur François Bagaïni convaincus de l’intérêt de cette intelligence artificielle dans les futurs examens locomoteurs du cheval et a reçu un bon accueil des professionnels.

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Inel d’Or : Medria récompensée pour TimeLive son service de monitoring du bien-être des bovins

Inel d’Or : Medria récompensée pour TimeLive son service de monitoring du bien-être des bovins | Connected Vet | Scoop.it

Mention spéciale à Medria pour le service de monitoring en continu TimeLive

TimeLive est un service de monitoring en continu du bien-être des bovins via la mesure fine de l’emploi du temps de chaque individu muni d’un collier avec accéléromètre.

La mesure du bien-être en élevage est devenue en quelque temps une attente sociétale majeure. Bon nombre de diagnostics existent mais ces derniers sont bien souvent ponctuels et réalisés à fréquence annuelle dans le meilleur des cas. L’audit ponctuel permet de déceler des dysfonctionnements mais rarement d’en établir la cause pour y remédier!

Voici l’avis du jury

C’est un outil ergonomique de suivi du troupeau, permettant de mettre en évidence des troubles de l’emploi du temps d’un individu ou d’un groupe d’animaux et de mettre en place des mesures curatives.

Cette innovation permettra à l’éleveur de diminuer les pathologies (boiteries, défaut de confort, de conduite…) et donc le recours aux antibiotiques. Elle contribue ainsi aux objectifs du plan Ecoantibio2.

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MSD Santé animale propose un module de digital learning sur la pharmacovigilance

MSD Santé animale propose un module de digital learning sur la pharmacovigilance | Connected Vet | Scoop.it

MSD Santé Animale met à la disposition des vétérinaires et de leurs équipes un module de digital learning sur la pharmacovigilance. Le laboratoire rappelle que les vétérinaires sont la principale source des déclarations d'effets indésirables. "L'efficacité du système de pharmacovigilance repose sur les vétérinaires. En effet, 90 % des cas sont déclarés par la profession. Cela permet une surveillance continue de la balance bénéfices/risques des médicaments vétérinaires" indique t-il tout en rappelant que le grand public peut également effectuer des déclarations sur le site dédié de l'Agence nationale du médicament vétérinaire (ANMV).  

Le module, d'une durée d'environ 10 minutes, est disponible en ligne et se veut simple d'utilisation. "Ce module est conçu comme une enquête autour d’un cas clinique. Il rappelle les informations essentielles : que déclarer ? Pourquoi déclarer et comment ?" ajoute le laboratoire.

Le module est accessible via le lien suivant : http://bit.ly/marco-vigilant  

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The Royal Veterinary College joins forces with tech start-up Felcana

The Royal Veterinary College joins forces with tech start-up Felcana | Connected Vet | Scoop.it


The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has announced a four-year collaboration with Felcana, a pet care start-up based in London, to support the continued research into pet traits and behaviors.

As a result of the partnership the two organisations will combine their expertise in a range of pet wearable health projects and enhance the levels of data related to tracking pet behaviors, habits and activities. The initiative is intended to result in an improvement in the welfare of animals in the future.

The collaboration will pool expertise at the RVC, along with the world-leading facilities of the structure and motion laboratory, with the artificial intelligence that Felcana has to offer. It is expected that the integration of these products and skills will help to predict, simplify and treat over 90 percent of health issues facing dogs and cats.

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Startup Smartbow monitors cattle health with digital ear tags

Smartbow, has sold some 100,000 tags and in 2017 sold the business to US animal health firm Zoetis, a unit of Pfizer. Zoetis reported sales of $5.3 billion last year and has sniffed out a rapidly growing business with global potential.

But Smartbow’s cornerstone product is pricey. Traditional tags, usually made of plastic and marked with a number, sell for $26 for 100 pieces on Amazon. The Smartbow business model is a subscription system in which the smart tag costs a one-off sum of €5,000 plus €4 per year, per cow, for service and support. While it still looks like a normal ear tag, towards the base of the ear is a small, white device that collects information.

A sensor in the tag detects the movement of the cow’s ear, which varies according to whether the animal is eating, drinking, ruminating or suckling a calf. Smartbow’s engineers filmed the animals performing all those activities and developed an algorithm that informs farmers per computer or smartphone not only where the cows are but exactly what they are up to.
From these figures, other information can be deduced: If the computer registers that a cow is eating less, lying down more rarely, walking more and apparently looking for something, it’s a sign that she is in heat. Life-threatening injuries and conditions can also be detected in this way. Mr. Auer is also working with veterinary scientists at the University of Vienna to develop a self-learning system using artificial intelligence to supply relevant data on animal health.

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Ag tech briefs: ‘Green light’ tag for animal health monitoring

Ag tech briefs: ‘Green light’ tag for animal health monitoring | Connected Vet | Scoop.it


Australian ID start-up Provenance4 is about to launch a biometric livestock ear tag that uses a bright green ‘day and night’ LED light to alert managers to individual animal illness.

Provenance4 managing director Stewart McConachy said the tag, to be launched early next year, would be a boon to the feedlot sector. The system works by tracking individual animal temperatures and physical activity.
“Pulling sick cattle out of large feedlots for treatment can be time consuming and this is once a livestock manager has actually identified that an animal is sick,” he said.

QuantifiedAg has developed the technology that includes an LED light that flashes bright green when an animal is sick, as identified by body temperature and physical activity. The concept has been tested in US feedlots and is completing first-stage trials involving more than 800 head of cattle in four states in Australia. Stage two trials will enhance the data collection process and validate the benefits to feedlot operators.

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Sony : le chien robot Aibo de retour aux États-Unis au prix de 2 899 $

Sony : le chien robot Aibo de retour aux États-Unis au prix de 2 899 $ | Connected Vet | Scoop.it


Quelques mois après avoir ressuscité son mythique chien robot au Japon, Sony a franchi une étape supplémentaire en officialisant le retour d'Aibo aux États-Unis. Le toutou en plastique propulsé à l'intelligence artificielle y sera proposé au tarif un brin élitiste de 2 899 $.

C'est officiel : après avoir fait son retour au Japon il y a quelques mois, Aibo sera bientôt commercialisé de nouveau aux États-Unis. Au pays du Soleil-Levant, Sony a fait le choix de lancer sa nouvelle génération de chiens robots au tarif nu d'approximativement 1 500 €, mais de fait associé à un abonnement d'environ 23 € par mois pour recevoir les mises à jour (engagement de trois ans). Outre-Atlantique, il faudra débourser d'emblée 2 899 $ (soit 2 500 € au cours actuel), mais ce sera tout compris : l'animal sera livré avec sa station de recharge, son os, sa "baballe" et surtout la connexion au cloud de Sony pour trois ans, qui lui permettra de se mettre à jour et de traiter ses expériences au moyen d'une IA délocalisée.

C'est sans doute la principale évolution par rapport aux modèles produits entre 1999 et 2006. Désormais, les chiens Aibo sont capables d'identifier les individus de leur entourage (animaux inclus), d'enregistrer les expériences qu'ils vivent au quotidien et, grâce à l'implication de l'IA, de faire évoluer ce que Sony définit comme leur personnalité. Il en résulte que chaque Aibo, une fois "adopté", doit être unique, d'autant que l'adaptation à l'environnement est constante. Concrètement, un spécimen pourra devenir de plus en plus joueur au fil du temps, plus sage, ou encore réagir différemment à certaines situations.

2018 oblige, les nouveaux Aibo peuvent être pilotés par une application, qui est en outre utilisée pour leur apprendre de nouveaux tours et pour consulter leurs souvenirs. Capables de jouer les gentils toutous pendant deux heures d'affilée, ils sont aussi en mesure de rejoindre leur station de recharge en toute autonomie afin d'éviter la panne sèche. Enfin, Sony a tout prévu pour éviter de cantonner ses bébés à une utilisation domestique : ces chiens sont compatibles 4G, de sorte qu'ils puissent accéder à leur IA en extérieur ou en déplacement. Aux États-Unis, c'est l'opérateur AT&T qui assurera cette connexion.

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Horse-monitoring startup Magic AI acquires Victory Parade to bolster its machine learning stable –

Horse-monitoring startup Magic AI acquires Victory Parade to bolster its machine learning stable – | Connected Vet | Scoop.it


Magic AI, the startup using artificial intelligence to better understand and care for horses, is adding more talent to its stable with the acquisition of Victory Parade, another equine machine learning company.

Seattle-based Magic AI was co-founded in 2017 by Alexa Anthony, and they raised a $1.2 million seed round in April. The company’s signature product is StableGuard, a 24-hour monitoring and alert system for horses, and the plan is for the platform to be augmented by state-of-the-art equine-specific software developed by Victory Parade.

StableGuard was developed to help improve the performance of competitive horse by keeping them healthy and injury free. Via video monitoring in a horse’s stall, the product works by learning to recognize various signals put off by the animal related to everything from stress, comfort related to temperature, food and water consumption, waste evacuation, pregnancy and security.

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Best dog GPS, pet activity monitors and tracking collars

Best dog GPS, pet activity monitors and tracking collars | Connected Vet | Scoop.it


Pet wearables are routinely forecast as big business, with an increasing number of companies crafting wearable gadgets just for animals. Trackers can also crucially monitor their health, looking for tell-tale changes in behaviour that point to illness, and keep tabs on their location if they go walkabout.

We've rounded up some of the best pet wearables for cats and dogs below - whether they're focused on tracking location or health - complete with handsome four-legged models to show them off.

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IoT technology and the IBM Cloud are helping protect endangered rhino from poachers.

IoT technology and the IBM Cloud are helping protect endangered rhino from poachers. | Connected Vet | Scoop.it

The security costs of preventing poaching are a disproportionate strain on conservation budgets and new solutions must be found to make it viable in the long run.

That is why Welgevonden teamed up with MTN and Wageningen University in Wageningen‚ The Netherlands‚ to use sensors to track the movement‚ acceleration and body temperature of 117 animals in the 37,000 hectare game reserve. They used the data to determine a baseline of what was normal and abnormal behaviour for the animals so that their sensors would alert park management if they were threatened.

“Any animal can be used. All of them tell us a different story about what is going on. The most important thing is that we have learned through computer algorithm development what is abnormal behaviour and what is normal behaviour‚” said professor Herbert Prins from Wageningen University.

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Smart cat loo detects ‘health issues’and alerts the pet's owner

Smart cat loo detects ‘health issues’and alerts the pet's owner | Connected Vet | Scoop.it

The world’s first “smart toilet” for felines is to be launched, with the capability of analysing cat urine and electronically alerting the pet’s owner to detected health issues.

The Pet Care Monitor litter tray has been created by Japanese consumer electronic multinational, the Sharp Corporation – a world leader in hi-tech TVs and mobile telephone technology, and the company that produced the world’s first LCD calculator.

The Asahi Shimbun daily newspaper in Tokyo reported the product will be available to buy on Sharp’s website from 30 July.

Writing for the website Mental Floss, Emily Petsko explained how the new technology works.

Under the headline “New health-monitoring litter box could save you a trip to the vet”, she wrote: “Sensors embedded in the monitor can measure your cat’s weight and urine volume, as well as the frequency and duration of toilet trips. That information is then analysed by an artificial intelligence program that compares it to data gleaned from a joint study between Sharp and Tottori University in Japan.”

She added: “If there are any red flags, a report will be sent directly to your smartphone via an application called Cocoro Pet. The monitor could be especially useful for keeping an eye on cats with a history of kidney and urinary tract problems.

“If you have several cats, the company offers sensors to identify each pet, allowing separate data sets to be collected and analysed (each smart litter box can record the data of up to three cats).”

Pet Care Monitor will cost about US$225 (£170), with an additional monthly fee of about US$3 (£2.27) for the service.

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NEW TECH AIMS TO HELP PET OWNERS DETECT PAIN DURING ANIMAL PAIN AWARENESS MONTH

NEW TECH AIMS TO HELP PET OWNERS DETECT PAIN DURING ANIMAL PAIN AWARENESS MONTH | Connected Vet | Scoop.it


September is Animal Pain Awareness Month and PetPace, the producer of a leading smart collar health monitor for dogs and cats, wants pet owners to know their options for identifying symptoms of pain, aging and illness.

Because it can be difficult for the average pet owner to notice subtle changes in a  pet’s behavior that indicate pain, technology like PetPace is becoming more heavily relied on to spot pain and medical complications.

PetPace was created by veterinarians and animal-lovers looking for a way to improve the health of pets, and to provide peace of mind to pet owners. The idea behind inventing a non-invasive, health monitoring smart collar was to quickly identify impending health concerns and monitor existing medical conditions.

The device allows pet owners to track vital signs like temperature, pulse, respiration, heart rate variability (HRV), activity, positions and calories. It will send alerts to the owner through a smartphone application if any of these parameters become abnormal.

In addition to receiving smartphone alerts of impending medical emergencies, PetPace’s mobile application provides an in-depth look into nearly every metric of a pet’s health. Recorded data is displayed in an easy-to-understand graphic interface, which allows pet owners to monitor specific aspects of a pet’s health over time. This feature is especially useful for owners of older or sick pets.

According to a recent survey, four out of five veterinarians recommend a health monitoring collar like PetPace for older or sick pets.

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Plenty of pig innovations at SPACE 2018

Plenty of pig innovations at SPACE 2018 | Connected Vet | Scoop.it


A wide range of pig innovations could be viewed this year at the annual animal husbandry show SPACE, held September 11-14 in Rennes, France.
The event was being held for the 32nd time, with 1,410 exhibitors from 42 countries worldwide. Visitor numbers came down to 108,347 from 121 countries, which represented a slight downturn in comparison to the 2017 edition of the show.

Main theme this year at SPACE was similar to that of 2017: robotics. Various pieces of equipment were demonstrated which make the job easier for the farmer.

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Alibaba Cloud to Work with Kenyan Ministry to Protect Wildlife in the Tsavo National Park

Alibaba Cloud to Work with Kenyan Ministry to Protect Wildlife in the Tsavo National Park | Connected Vet | Scoop.it


Alibaba Cloud, the cloud-computing arm of Alibaba Group, and the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife of the Republic of Kenya today agreed to explore a strategic collaboration to deploy Alibaba Cloud’s technology to support the Kenya Wildlife Protection Project.

The first project under the collaboration in discussion will take place at a designated area inside the Tsavo East and West National Parks, one of Kenya’s oldest and largest protected area with over 13,500 square kilometres. Leveraging Alibaba Cloud’s powerful computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities; the project will work to protect the park’s endangered elephants, rhinoceroses and lions.

“Wildlife is the main attraction to tourists visiting Kenya. Among the key species attractions are the elephant, rhino, giraffe, and buffalo among others. Currently, Kenya has a population of about 35,000 elephants, and about 42% of this population (12,843) elephants occur in the Tsavo ecosystem. In addition, the ecosystem also provide critical habitat for rhinos, giraffe and lions among other species.

Both parties will explore using a wide range of features connected to Alibaba Cloud’s IoT platform for the project. Animal tracking sensors, infra-red trap cameras, smart weather stations, ranger devices and wide-area drones are among the technologies that will be considered to be installed to collect real-time data of the movements and general health of the animals. The platform would then analyse the data and predict their behaviour and travel routes, alerting the command center about potential risks or dangers, such as illegal poaching and human-animal conflicts. 

In addition, both parties will explore ways to combine the local operator’s GSM telecommunications network with government-licensed satellites to build the infrastructure, which could make data transmission more intelligent and less costly, achieving near real-time updates. Advanced hardware would be used as well, such as light-weight solar-powered trackers that are easier for the animals to wear.

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Vetoquinol fait un pas important dans l’innovation digitale et annonce une prise de participation dans Farmvet Systems Ltd

Vetoquinol fait un pas important dans l’innovation digitale et annonce une prise de participation dans Farmvet Systems Ltd | Connected Vet | Scoop.it


L’interprétation des informations disponibles dans les élevages d’animaux de rente est devenue une activité stratégique pour les vétérinaires. Chaque élevage génère un volume toujours croissant d’informations issues de sources multiples : résultats d’analyses biologiques, informations épidémiologiques, registres d’élevage, données de traite, etc. Grâce aux applications développées par Farmvet Systems, toutes ces données sont regroupées en un seul tableau de bord qui permet aux vétérinaires et aux éleveurs de partager l’information et de la transformer en un support de décision efficace pour améliorer la conduite des élevages. Vetoquinol renforce ainsi sa position de partenaire de référence auprès des vétérinaires et des élevages.

VetImpress est la principale application digitale de Farmvet Systems Ltd, commercialisée aujourd’hui au Royaume-Uni et en Irlande ; Vetoquinol est heureux de la rendre disponible pour les vétérinaires au plan international via son réseau de filiales.

L’intégration des applications de Farmvet Systems dans l’offre de solutions Vetoquinol s’inscrit dans la vision long terme du laboratoire ; cette vision consiste à créer un écosystème dans lequel les technologies numériques, les outils diagnostic et les médicaments se complètent, pour optimiser l’action du vétérinaire et la prise en charge effective de la santé et du bien-être animal.

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Piavet product aims to aid horse health monitoring

Piavet product aims to aid horse health monitoring | Connected Vet | Scoop.it

A WIRELESS health monitoring system that allows equine vets to remotely access vital patient signs in real time and with minimal effort is being trialled in the UK.

Manufacturers say the health monitoring system makes it possible to measure, analyse and view highly accurate medical data on horses’ health from a distance and share the data with colleagues.

The compact, palm-sized, battery-powered recording instrument attaches to the horse via a belt.
The Piavet System is made up of three components – a measuring device, base station and platform.
The compact, palm-sized, battery-powered recording instrument with innovative sensor technology weighs 150g and attaches to the horse via a belt that does away with the need for shaving or cables.

The system measures the following in equine patients:

-ECGs: without shaving, cabling or bonding electrodes, meaningful and stable ECG data can be recorded. Arrhythmias can be difficult to find, but the Piavet System gives vets long-term monitoring images to help reveal existing arrhythmias.
-Body core temperature: with the measuring device, it is possible to precisely calculate body core temperature non-invasively and continuously through the horse’s coat. Fever and intensive care patients can be monitored easily and continuously, while infections can be detected early.
-Respiration rate pattern: the system not only records breathing rate, but also the exact course of breathing. This allows vets to monitor patients with respiratory diseases over a long period of time and perform targeted performance diagnostics.
-Heart rate: based on the ECG, heart rate is calculated. The peaks counted as heart rate are marked on the ECG. Anaesthesia and treatment responses can be visualised and recorded in real time.
-Activity: horse activity provides context to vital parameters and allows a meaningful interpretation of the data.

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Startup Smartbow monitors cattle health with digital ear tags – Handelsblatt Global

Startup Smartbow monitors cattle health with digital ear tags – Handelsblatt Global | Connected Vet | Scoop.it

Smartbow, has sold some 100,000 tags and in 2017 sold the business to US animal health firm Zoetis, a unit of Pfizer. Zoetis reported sales of $5.3 billion last year and has sniffed out a rapidly growing business with global potential.
But Smartbow’s cornerstone product is pricey. Traditional tags, usually made of plastic and marked with a number, sell for $26 for 100 pieces on Amazon. The Smartbow business model is a subscription system in which the smart tag costs a one-off sum of €5,000 plus €4 per year, per cow, for service and support. While it still looks like a normal ear tag, towards the base of the ear is a small, white device that collects information.

A sensor in the tag detects the movement of the cow’s ear, which varies according to whether the animal is eating, drinking, ruminating or suckling a calf. Smartbow’s engineers filmed the animals performing all those activities and developed an algorithm that informs farmers per computer or smartphone not only where the cows are but exactly what they are up to.
From these figures, other information can be deduced: If the computer registers that a cow is eating less, lying down more rarely, walking more and apparently looking for something, it’s a sign that she is in heat. Life-threatening injuries and conditions can also be detected in this way. Mr. Auer is also working with veterinary scientists at the University of Vienna to develop a self-learning system using artificial intelligence to supply relevant data on animal health.

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In dogs, CRISPR fixes a muscular dystrophy

In dogs, CRISPR fixes a muscular dystrophy | Connected Vet | Scoop.it


CRISPR, the genome-editing tool, introduced a mutation in a dog gene that, in effect, overrode a mutation responsible for a disease that mimics Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). As a result, muscle cells in the dogs began to produce the dystrophin protein in many tissues, including the diaphragm and the heart. Although a similar study worked in mice, this is the first time researchers have reported success in a large animal model with this strategy. Some 300,000 boys around the world suffer from the crippling disease, which leads to respiratory and heart failure at a young age. The new study, reported online in this week's issue of Science, only involved four dogs and only followed the animals for 2 months, so longer and more thorough experiments must take place before human trials begin. But given that the only marketed treatment for DMD has limited effect, there's great hope that this novel intervention will live up to its promise.

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 Wickedbone, un jouet connecté et interactif pour chiens

Les animaux aussi ont droit à leurs gadgets connectés… Bien plus sophistiqué que l’habituelle balle en caoutchouc et bien plus utile pour divertir les chiens et les chats restés seuls à la maison, ce Wicked Bone se veut « le premier jouet intelligent et interactif pour animaux de compagnie ». En mode contrôlé, l’os robotisé, doté de deux roues et de Bluetooth, se pilote via une appli mobile et un joystick virtuel, offrant neuf types de mouvements et de rotations. En mode autonome, l’appareil divertit l’animal sans intervention humaine, tout en s’adaptant à son comportement. Sons et vibrations attirent l’attention, tandis que les réactions émotionnelles de la bête induisent les mouvements du jouet, qui estime son ennui ou son excitation.

Tous les paramètres peuvent être ajustés pour s’adapter aux différents environnements et terrains, et une seule charge de la batterie procure jusqu’à quatre heures de divertissement interactif (ou trois mois en veille). De quoi lutter contre la frustration, l’anxiété ou le manque d’exercice de votre compagnon à poil. 

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New tool helps monitor pig welfare during transport

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Mr Nelson notes that in the EU, trucks are now being developed which are fully environmentally controlled, but they are very, very expensive. “However, there are millions of transport vehicles around the world that could be upgraded to monitor conditions and if the monitoring connects through an IoT (Internet of Things) device to climate control devices (misters, fans, baffles to guide wind, etc.), the system could control environmental conditions as well,” he explains. “Working with my business partner Joel Sotomayor and his brilliant young team, it became clear that there are technologies available that can be used to not only to monitor and send alerts, but also to utilise IoT devices to control environment conditions.”

The result is Transport Genie (TG), an innovative sensor that enables livestock transport managers and drivers to make better decisions in relation to trailer environmental conditions, set up automated systems to adjust conditions when they approach a threshold) and to track data over time. TG sensors currently monitor humidity and temperature, but could in future also track things like CO2 level and acceleration/braking. 

Mr Sotomayor notes that the technology can be used for all livestock species, “but we suspect that there will be slight differences because the animals themselves are different. That is also another reason why we want to partner with researchers to make sure that we have the right amount of sensors available in the trailer. We suspect that larger animals may require more sensors because we will need them to create a ‘mesh network’ to transfer the data properly.” Mr Sotomayor says he and his team will wait for more data and then finalise their sensor design.

Research using the system is also being done to track temperature and humidity in barns and in pastures and on the effect of heat in beef cattle.

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Australian Veterinary Association Looks To Blockchain For Improving Livestock Conditions

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The veterinary association around the world, are buying into the blockchain technology, claiming that livestock is exporting and report, could be enhanced through the use of the technology. The buttress the point, the Australian Veterinary Association, reiterated that the technology could also make the export reporting, to be more transparent and secure.

One of the primary function of blockchain technology is to store and distribute digital data and ledgers. This expertise can also be applied in livestock exporting and storing quite a lot of information in animal welfare and other necessary information, and the data stored can be kept in a distributed database but via encrypted technology.

Analysts who are enthusiastic about the development stressed that it would be extremely accurate and the data could be maintained securely as once a block of information is added, it's not possible to change it.

The use of the technology will also make records verifiable and also immutable, which would ensure that no one would be able to make any form of change, without others knowing of the changes.

Another basic reason for the adoption of the technology is in the analysis of animal health. This could result in groundbreaking success in the field of capturing and accessing the report, most transparently.

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Les Journées sciences & innovations équines auront lieu à Saumur les 23 & 24 Mai 2019

Les Journées sciences & innovations équines auront lieu à Saumur les 23 & 24 Mai 2019 | Connected Vet | Scoop.it

Les Journées sciences & innovations équines vous proposent un rendez-vous unique pour découvrir, échanger et débattre autour des dernières nouveautés scientifiques et techniques de la filière équine.

Offrant la plus grande concentration de chercheurs et experts de la filière équine, ces journée sont ouvertes à tous : professionnels, chercheurs, étudiants, journalistes, passionnées, etc.

Ces journées intègrent les journées d’information élevage, éthologie et recherche équine.

Pour l’année 2019, un focus particulier sera fait sur les sciences humaines et sociales avec un thème : « cheval, territoire et société »

Au programme : conférences, débats, tables rondes, posters et ateliers pratiques seront proposés sur diverses thématiques autour du cheval (élevage, utilisation, équitation, comportement, santé, sciences sociales, économie, etc.)

Pour établir le programme un appel à communications orales, posters ou démonstrations pratiques, issues de projets de recherche, d’études ou d’actions innovantes, dans toutes les thématiques concernant la filière équine est ouvert.

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Artificial intelligence powers VETOLOGY AI, a new X-ray software for heart function evaluation in Pets

Artificial intelligence powers VETOLOGY AI, a new X-ray software for heart function evaluation in Pets | Connected Vet | Scoop.it

A San Diego company has introduced software capable of reading veterinary X-rays using artificial intelligence rather than the human eye. The software, called Vetology AI, returns an automated analysis within 30 seconds in cases involving potential heart size abnormalities, Vetology Innovations reported.

“Vetology AI works autonomously, automatically uploading a clinic’s X-rays to the secure Vetology cloud, where the software intuitively determines the potential of cardiac problems based on heart size and the comparative size of the heart in relation to the vertebral body size of the patient,” the company stated.

In non-heart cases, feline and canine X-rays are compared to an image library numbering in the hundreds of thousands.
“In the non-heart cases matched to Vetology’s image and report library, while the user is not receiving a report on their patient’s X-rays in 30 seconds, the vet is receiving up to 30 different radiology reports on X-rays very similar to the one they just uploaded,” the company stated. “Because there are only so many ways things can look on X-rays, a detailed radiology report for one animal could be helpful to evaluate similar radiographs of another animal.”


“The automated heart evaluation function of our AI technology is something we are excited about because without any input from a human, the software can immediately notify a veterinarian that further cardiac evaluation may be needed,” Dr. Wallack said. “This technology is not even being used in human medicine yet and will continue to improve with self-teaching.”

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