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Ground-breaking Leeds-based vet-tech start-up gains worldwide recognition and investment

Vet-AI obtains investment L-R Jonathan Sands, Elmwood, Paul Hallett, Vet-AI, Jonathan Oxley and Clive Lawrence, Lupton Fawcett

A UK-based veterinary research and development start-up with ambitious plans to revolutionise the global pet market has raised almost £1 million in investment.

Leading the way in bringing AI to the veterinary industry, Vet-AI was founded in early 2017 by tech expert Paul Hallett and experienced veterinarian Robert Dawson. The R&D firm is developing a number of solutions that focuses on supporting pets, vets and giving pet owners the tools to access pet healthcare more affordably and conveniently.

The company has received investment from several key stakeholders to further the growth and development of new technologies.

Having invested £500,000 into the company, co-founder Robert Dawson commented:

“I’m passionate about improving the care of pets and all animals around the world. I have been hugely fortunate to have had the opportunity to treat thousands of wonderful animals and to meet their parents during 25 years as a vet and this investment is an opportunity to build a business which will enable the same for millions of pets across the globe.”

Vet-AI is making significant progress to innovate the industry, which has attracted interest from global animal health companies, who have since invested in the start-up.

Leading regional law firm Lupton Fawcett LLP and global brand design consultancy Elmwood have also invested in return for a minority stake, demonstrating their belief in the start-up’s potential.

Jonathan Sands OBE (Elmwood and now Chairman of Vet-AI) commented:

“This is a hugely exciting venture and one that I believe will transform the future of the veterinary industry. I can see a huge upside, both in improving the work-life balance for vets themselves, whilst at the same time making pet care more expedient, more convenient and better value for every family with a pet. It is a very exciting proposition and I am delighted to be involved.

“We get asked on a regular basis to support start-ups of all shapes and sizes and so we have to be quite selective. However, Vet AI was an easy decision, as the business model is so compelling, and even before launch the project is attracting so much excitement and interest from all corners of the industry.”

Vet-AI’s flagship pet care app, Joii, will officially launch in May 2019.