What is it about?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a newer concept in veterinary medicine than human medicine, but its existing benefits illustrate the significant potential it may also have in this field. In this review, we discuss the extent to which AI technologies have been used in small animal veterinary practice and their advantages and shortcomings. We also highlight the direction AI research will take in the forthcoming years.

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Why is it important?

Many diseases in veterinary practice are diagnosed quite late in their progression, but AI can help to improve this. The possible applications for AI in veterinary medicine are broad and varied. For example, knowledge of how severely a disease can affect patients can help clinicians tailor treatment to individual needs, ultimately improving treatment outcomes and patient welfare.


AI is an ever-developing research area in veterinary medicine and one that companion animals can benefit from. It is crucially important that research into AI continues if veterinarians hope to achieve the highest possible standard of care.

Hany Elsheikha
University of Nottingham

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This page is a summary of: It's time to define the pet homelessness crisis, Companion Animal, September 2022, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/coan.2022.0028.
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