Veterinarians are already using artificial intelligence

The first supercomputer (developed by Seymor “see more” Cray) was introduced in 1964.  IBM’s first supercomputer “Deep Blue” first beat world Chess Champion Garry Kasparov in 1997.  IBM’s next supercomputer, “Watson” beat 2 Jeopardy champions in 2011 on live TV.  This trend toward machines catching up to human intelligence continues…

Since the essence of all veterinarian income is selling scientific medical expertise, computers that can answer animal health questions may threaten some professionals. However, during any change process there is also opportunity. The veterinarians that embrace artificial intelligence as a tool will likely provide better and more efficient service, and prosper.

Stratification is key, because AI programs like Petriage can realistically help at the level of “first aid” that really does not require a veterinary exam. Above that are conditions that a competent veterinary nurse can handle.  We will always need veterinarians who palpate, surgicate, and perform other hands-on veterinary work.  Then there is the strata of world experts that narrow their focus.  These are likely the last to be replaced by AI.

An interesting new (diagnostic) term is “Media Evidence” referring to a combination of pet video, high def pictures, documents, and data provided by the person that knows the pet most intimately – the Pet Parent.  This data is in a different strata from a physical exam which is better in some ways, and not as valuable in others.  Check out this article: How Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Veterinary Industry



About Author: rtripp
Founder of Veterinary Future Society

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