Zero-Touch Vital Signs Remote Monitoring for Veterinarians | VetGuardian

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Zero-Touch Vital Signs Remote Monitoring for Veterinarians | VetGuardian

Looking for a way to make sure that pets in your vet clinic are always safe and supervised?

VetGuardian is a revolutionary pet monitor just for you!

According to Scott Ijaraz, who is the organization’s Chief Revenue Officer,

“This is the first and only zero-touch vital sign remote monitoring for veterinarians. What this does is that you’re able to get all vital signs—temperature, pulse, and respiration—without any contact with the animal.”

Pivoting from the Original Purpose of VetGuardian

how vetguardian came about

With its patented and unique doppler radar-based technology, VetGuardian first came about as a device meant to monitor the company founder’s newborn son.

After talking with a lot of veterinarians, however, the VetGuardian team decided to pivot their invention to help those in the veterinary profession.

“Veterinarians were saying, ‘Wow, this would be really important for dogs and pets as well… Can you repurpose it for veterinary use?’ So that’s exactly what we did. And so far, we’re really happy…and they’re happier, too, just because they can get through their day a little bit safer.”

Providing veterinarians with peace of mind, VetGuardian helps make sure that pet patients in clinics are safe at all times, from intake to discharge.

So even though it’s wireless and not wearable, what makes it valuable is that it eliminates stress during monitoring.

You can also watch your animal patients from anywhere since the VetGuardian system immediately notifies you when they are in danger.

How Does VetGuardian Work?

how does vetguardian work

When asked how the VetGuardian technology works, Scott said that all you need to do is put the device within six feet of the animal and hit start. The device will then begin to collect continuous vital signs of the animal.

“We collect temperature, pulse, respiration, and movement as well. And really, why this is important is that it’s one of the most important bioindicators for the health of the animal. So, if the temperature goes up really fast…or if the pulse goes down really fast, you’re going to want to check on the animal,”

Scott explained.

One other benefit of using VetGuardian is that it expedites treatment and diagnosis. According to Scott, this is really vital, especially if the situation calls for surgery overnight in the ICU.

“It really keeps the patient calm. And when you keep patients calm, you’re going to increase and improve outcomes as well.”

 

 

Learn more about VetGuardian!

Visit their website at https://www.vetguardian.com/.

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Scott: Hi, everybody.

My name is Scott Ijaz, and you’re tuned in to The Animal Innovations Show.

Chris: Tell us who are you, and how are you innovating and helping animals?

Scott: My name is Scott Ijaz and I’m Chief Revenue Officer of VetGuardian. And we present the first and only zero-touch vital sign remote monitor for veterinarians.

So, what this does is that you’re able to get vital signs, temperature, pulse, and respiration without any contact with the animal. So, no wires, not a wearable.

And the value of this is: It eliminates stress during monitoring. On top of that, you can also watch the animal from anywhere. Because the system tells you when the pet is in danger.

So, in some, what we’re trying to do is that we’re trying to make sure that pets are supervised at the clinic.

Chris: All right. So, you got to tell me, how does this work? So, you’re just pointing this device at the animal?

Scott: Yeah, exactly. So, you put the device within 6ft of the animal, hit start, and it begins to collect continuous vital signs of the animal.

And on top of that, when those vital signs fall outside of the normal range, it gives you a warning so that, you’re actually able to go and check on the animal.

Chris: Oh, cool.

So, you could actually set one up in front of every crate, right. And be able to get an alert, right? Hey, this one is—you know, the respiration is too high, the heartbeat is too slow, or whatever it might be—the temperature.

What are the different types of things that it can detect?

Scott: So, we collect temperature, pulse, and respiration, also movement as well. And really why this is important, it is one of the most important bioindicators for the health of the animal.

So, if the temperature goes up really fast, you’re going to want to check on that animal. If the pulse goes down really fast, you’re going to want to check on the animal.

And what this does, is that it expedites treatment and diagnosis. Because— after surgery, overnight in the ICU really, every second matters. And, we really get that information faster to the veterinarian so that, they can react more quickly.

Chris: I guess, how do organizations, how do veterinarians do it today? Before you guys existed, right.

Scott: It’s not always comfortable.

So, a lot of times they collect those vital signs by hand, a stethoscope. Sometimes it’s mental math.

So, you look at the chest, and based on how many times it moves, they’re counting in their head.

Chris: So, how did you guys come up with this? Where did this start?

Scott: So, our CEO and—our founder, Vik Ramprakash, he originally designed the device as a baby monitor. So, his son was born, and he actually had respiratory issues, and he built this himself with the help of our tech team, of course.

But as we’re talking to veterinarians, they’re saying, wow, this would be really important for cats and dogs and pets as well. And really the primary driver was safety.

So far, we’re really happy because I think—they’re happier, too, just because they can get through their day, a little bit safer.

Chris: So, what’s your background, Scott, like, how did you come to your role now?

Scott: My background is in human health, medical devices, and also public health as well.

So, previously before VetGuardian, I worked with a nonprofit in Rwanda, Africa, and we focused on software design and applications, for the hospital systems over there.

I’ve worked in optical data storage, but VetGuardian has a special place in my heart. I really enjoy this job right now.

But yeah, my background is mostly in human health and biotechnology. 

We’re growing, veterinarians are using it, and their feedback has been absolutely critical to making the device better.

Chris: So, what’s next, what’s the future look like? You said there are other things that you guys think you could do with this.

Are there other products, you’re going to make?

Scott: Sure, so we are— I’ll focus on cats and dogs right now. That’s our bread and butter. I told you were in zoos as well. This device works on all land animals and there’s so many other important segments as well.

So, we are testing the bovine market, pigs, equine, and horses. So, we’re starting to build these into mobile vehicles Right now, we’re doing in-between zoos.

We are constantly finding new applications for it, so, we have a lot to figure out and a lot of exciting things on the horizon.

Chris: I mean, Scott, this is really cool.

I’m glad that you guys are the first ones out there and doing this. Is there anything else you want to mention before wrapping things up today?

Scott: We’re looking for strategic partners, veterinarians, anybody that is willing to work with us and give us a shot.

So, visit our website, reach out to me personally on Instagram, LinkedIn any way possible. We’re eager for feedback and eager to hear what you have to think about us.

Chris: Awesome.

Well, Scott, I’m really excited that you came on today, and as we wrap things up, I’ll remind our viewers and listeners that maybe somebody didn’t like your idea for a baby monitor and told you to pivot to a totally different industry.

Think about this story and how these things just come about. We’d love to have new inventors, new ideas on the show.

So, if you’ve got a crazy idea or a really good idea, just go to INNOVATIONS.SHOW and we’d love to have you on the show and talk about it.

So, thank you again, Scott, for coming on and sharing the story. I’m really excited to see where you guys are going.

Scott: I appreciate it, Chris, thanks so much for having me.

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