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9 May, 2022 - 15:49 By Tony Quested

Google for poodles via hi-tech vets

Cambridge VetTech company VetCT has claimed the first UK trial of smart glasses in veterinary practice. 

The Google Glass trial, in partnership with Pennard Vets in Kent, showed the potential for real-time feedback and advice from specialist vets to local clinics using the hands-free videography device. 

The technology enables remote visualisation of the line of sight of the person wearing the lightweight device. In-built microphone, speakers and a small screen in the corner of the glasses enable real-time visual and audio feedback.

Images from the Google Glasses were live-streamed from the clinical team at Pennard Vets in Sevenoaks to a remote team of specialists from VetCT. Higher resolution images from a mobile phone camera were also streamed for comparison. 

The remote VetCT specialist was able to view both and remotely record, zoom, adjust lighting, annotate and send images back for the wearer of the glasses to view. They were also able to discuss the case live with team in the clinic.

Vet CT director and Innovation Lead, Julien Labruyère says: “We have a tremendous resource of specialist knowledge and expertise within our global team and are constantly exploring new ways to provide support to veterinary teams. 

“This first step we have taken with Google Glass marks the start of an exciting journey to make smart glasses technology useful to help vets in local practices.

“We believe the future of veterinary care is through improving the support we can provide to clinical teams wherever they may be located. Although there are some limitations with the current technology it presents an exciting opportunity for our teleconsulting service. The next stages of development will take us to new levels of patient care for pets.”

Established in 2009 in Cambridge, VetCT provides supportive, educational teleconsulting and teleradiology and novel educational strategies for veterinary medicine. It works with clients across the entire veterinary ecosystem including students and universities, first opinion practitioners, and referral centres. 

The company has subsidiaries in both the US and Australia with over 250 staff globally, including diploma-holding specialists in every clinical discipline.  

• PHOTOGRAPH:  One of the team from Pennard Vets in action during the Google Glass trial

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