One Health

Animal drug usage data for sale

At VirtualVet we’ve been very busy for the last number of months rolling out our multi-channel animal drug usage data collection service to farmers, vets and the wider agri-food & animal health industries. The level of interest from farmers, vets and animal health suppliers has been immense and heartening. We set out to prove that

A service to help Ireland’s National Action Plan on AMR

VirtualVet welcomes the launch of Ireland’s ‘One Health’ National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance 2017-2020. The growing threat of antimicrobial resistance must be tackled through collaboration between animal and human health sectors. VirtualVet is gathering animal health data in near real-time providing accurate digital information to help stakeholders more accurately measure antibiotic and antimicrobial usage

Finding the value in Animal Health Data

In March 2017 the AHEAD 2017 workshop allowed an open discussion on how some of the gaps in animal health and drug usage data could be filled. We also discussed how filling those gaps could be paid for. More specifically, we detailed the actors along the value chain for whom these filled gaps would be

VirtualVet – What we do & why.

To help others realise the level of support and help out there for start-up businesses, WLRfm recently visited VirtualVet to chat about our experiences with the Local Enterprise Office. The brief video below describes how and why we started the business, name drops a few great mentors and a source of inspiration, encourages ceaseless research

Sinead Quealy joins advisory board of Project Mooo

A few months ago, following our work on AHEAD 2017, I met Param Singh of UDAY Skills. Param and his team are leading an interesting rural development project in Punjab, India, focused on dairy farmers and the importance of sustainable and profitable dairy farmers to a rural economy and community – Project Mooo. Param was

A business model for Ireland’s Animal Health strategic success

Media coverage this week highlighted the launch by Ireland’s Department of Agriculture Food & Marine (DAFM) of a National Farmed Animal Health Strategy.  It sets out a comprehensive vision to take the farmed animal industry to 2022 and follows  a consultative process carried out in 2016. The contributions received by the department are available and

CAP Reform – “Rural Jobs” should mean more than farm jobs

VirtualVet is an agtech start-up operating from a family farm. Our aim is to create high quality rural jobs offering a compliance support service to farmers and data collection service to the wider agri-food and animal health industries. To make our vision a reality, a few things are required: Internet connectivity & government agencies to

Farm Data Ownership Debate – Buried in Bratislava

Earlier this month I was one of the lucky ones chosen to attend the excellent EIP Agri Data Sharing Workshop in Bratislava. Within an hour the  “data ownership” question was skillfully re-framed to “data  controller & data processor” roles, and the relationship between these roles. For VirtualVet this validated our entire approach and methodology. We

News Roundup: Avian influenza, FAO launches Asian initiative

Avian influenza in China Human cases of avian influenza have increased since December 2016 – specifically the H7N9 virus, influenza A – having first been detected in China four years ago. Despite heavy investment in the surveillance of bird markets and poultry farms, most patients reported previous contact with live birds. “Targeted surveillance to detect

AHEAD 2017, Digital Transformation of Animal Health Data

AHEAD 2017 workshop is sponsored by OECD’s Co-operative Research Programme on Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems On March 1st and 2nd VirtualVet and Epi-Connect hosted AHEAD 2017, a workshop to discuss the digital transformation opportunities in animal health, animal disease and animal drug usage. We intend to create a road-map with and for