Bioscience company uses state-of-the-art technology to connect with animal patients
New to PEI, VetNOW is an American bioscience company that has developed a cloud-based virtual care platform which allows veterinarians and specialists to do high definition video examination from any device or location.
“Animal health and nutrition products and services are one of the cornerstones of the PEI BioCluster,” says Rory Francis, Executive Director, PEI BioAlliance. “VetNOW is a great example of the kind of leading-edge technology and global business opportunity our academic, government, and business partners are working together to attract to Prince Edward Island.”
“Our company, which is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, very recently opened a Canadian division at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), and the PEI BioAlliance and the provincial government have been very welcoming,” says Dr. Apryle Horbal, equine veterinary surgeon and head of VetNOW.
The company’s platform transmits information about animal patients such as blood oxygen levels, respiratory and heart rates from faraway places in Canada to Veterinarians at the AVC who will help diagnose and treat animal patients.
“We plan to expand far beyond our current general practitioner and specialist advice and expand our technology and our services,” says Dr. Horbal. “We are excited to work with the PEI BioAlliance to do this.
We have many other partnerships in the US, and we are just beginning to work with the Atlantic Vet College.”
Employment opportunities on PEI in the coming year
- Veterinarians to offer advice and expertise remotely. “Each vet will be able to do the work of four working in the field because there is no time lost traveling between patients.”
- Liaisons with the college
- Project Managers
- Software experts to wireframe, design, and develop the software
- Customer Service people
- Paraprofessionals such as veterinary nurses
- Technicians to install and maintain hardware
“About a dozen people currently work with the Canadian arm of VetNOW, and there are plans to hire about another 20 almost immediately.”