By Jackie Snow - Fast Company May 7, 2020
The veterinary telemedicine company VetNow is teaming up with Smithsonian scientists to detect animal disease outbreaks remotely—before these “zoonotic” viruses jump over to humans.
Throughout history, major disease outbreaks have started after a virus jumped from animals to humans. The 1918 Spanish flu started in birds. The bubonic plague originated in rats. Bats, for reasons still being explored, account for the majority of these zoonotic diseases—those germs and viruses that can pass from animals to humans, or vice versa. They’ve been linked to Ebola, SARS, and now COVID-19.
BY APRYLE HORBAL, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 05/05/20 07:00 AM EDT
Zoonotic viruses, which travel from animal hosts to humans, understandably have captured the public’s attention. While we scramble to understand the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as we think about it in the context of other coronaviruses with zoonotic origins, such as swine flu, our elected leaders must devote time and money not just on vaccine development but on where the next pandemic might originate.
The hunt for the next viral time bomb begins in wildlife habitats, which account for 91 percent of zoonotic disease spread. Detection of novel coronaviruses is key to blocking their journey into the human body.
Pittsburgh-based VetNOW partners with global company to provide telehealth service for vets nationwide
Sandra Tolliver | NextPittsburgh.com | April 9, 2020 | coronavirus, Latest News
If you’re worried about your pet’s health but not sure it’s worth a trip to the vet during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, try telehealth.
VetNOW, a Pittsburgh-based virtual care company providing veterinary telemedicine services, is partnering with the global company Elanco Animal Health to provide veterinarians with access to their platform so they can maintain their service to animals and owners, including specialist consultations.
While COVID-19 mitigations drive veterinary offices to adopt alternative approaches to care, access to telemedicine offers an innovative option that has long-term potential to strengthen connection to veterinary clinics
Greenfield, Ind. (April 9, 2020) – Today, Elanco Animal Health Incorporated (NYSE: ELAN) and VetNOW announce a collaboration providing veterinarians access to an industry-leading telemedicine platform so they can maintain service to animals and owners – including specialist consultations - during a time when the industry is challenged to find new ways to connect.
On Tuesday, February 11 Geary Veterinary Service became a VetNOW partner. On Friday the 14th, Doctor Geary’s did his first specialist consult using VetNOW.
The consult was with an internal medication specialist in Hong Kong. After reviewing Bubba’s case on the VetNOW platform, the specialist confirmed that the course of treatment Dr. Geary prescribed (antibiotics) was correct and they discussed the next steps on the video link.