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17 March, 2021 - 09:50 By Tony Quested

Australian animal healthtech company creates global HQ in Cambridge

An Australian animal health MedTech company behind pioneering wireless animal monitoring technology has expanded its UK operation and established a new global headquarters in Cambridge.

Alpha Vet Technology, which already has a global team spanning Australia, Switzerland and the United States, will create 18 new jobs in the region over the next three years.

The new jobs will include technical, sales and Research & Development roles plus global managers with an average salary circa £79,000 per year.

Alpha Vet Technology has developed a wireless animal monitoring solution called WirelessZoo™ that is wearable and designed and built for the veterinary profession to improve patient outcomes.

WirelessZoo™ is a non-invasive, wearable monitoring device designed to measuring the vital signs of animals starting with heart rate, blood-oxygen level and temperature.

Alpha Vet Technology’s interactive portal, which allows vets to review vital signs at a glance, not only improves the level of the care received by patients but also provides a vast database enabling the future use of artificial intelligence which will prove invaluable to the educational, pharmaceutical & insurance industries. 

The WirelessZoo™ allows a vet practice to review a single patient or multiple patients simultaneously regardless of location in the practice. Remote monitoring of a patient at home is also possible where pets can recover under the care of the vet practice.

The company to be based at The Bradfield Centre in Cambridge, confirmed its plans for investing in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough after engaging with Growth Works’ Inward Investment Service.

Growth Works is a Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority initiative forecast to create 5,200 new jobs in the region over the next three years.

Alpha Vet Tech’s managing and commercial director Steve Donegal said: “We did not consider Cambridge as a location before talking to the Department of Trade and Growth Works. Cambridge has a rich academic history and culture.

“Talking to the team looking after our relocation from Australia to the UK, we took advice and considered Cambridge along with other locations in the Surrey area. Cambridge offers a central location with excellent communications by road, rail and airports.

“The Bradfield Centre has everything we need in terms of office facilities and infrastructure. It will be important to leave our employees and customers with a good impression. 

“Cambridge offers a great network of high-tech companies similar to ours. We are looking forward to starting a new chapter in Cambridge.

“Cambridge offers great potential for Alpha Vet Tech to fill its ranks with talented individuals. As we grow, it is important for our employees to feel at home in a city that allows focus whilst at work, but also places to escape and relax with family and friends.

“We hope to be a significant employer locally, bringing a fresh and exciting business to the area.”

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