Published: 10 October 2017

A digital approach to animal health

Surrey Business School’s Professor Alan Brown is to join with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and veterinary experts to support the innovation and adoption of digital technologies in animal health.

Alan, who is co-director of the Centre for the Digital Economy (CoDE), will be working on the African Livestock Productivity and Health Advancement (ALPHA) initiative, co-funded by BMGF and run by the Veterinary Health Innovation Engine (vHive).

The aim is to develop a sustainable animal health market for farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. This will include looking at the current infrastructure, expertise and products available and improve the treatment of livestock diseases to enhance productivity for smallholders.

vHive was established by global animal health firm Zoetis in partnership with the University to harness the benefits of the digital age for the health and welfare of animals. CoDE is a key driver in e-health and has already been working with vHive, linking new science in animal health to technological opportunities represented by the Internet of Things.

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