A win for pets: VetDB bags $478k AC grant

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Ross Wyness (left) and Steve Joslyn from VetDB. Photo - Chantel Concei.

WA’s groundbreaking VetDB business is one step closer to having its innovative platform used by veterinary clinics and researchers all over the world thanks to a matching $478K Accelerating Commercialisation (AC) grant from the federal government.

This is the first WA AC grant winner in more than 8 months since Udrew was awarded one last September.

Spawned from winning a Startup Weekend a few years ago, veterinary professional Dr Steve Joslyn has been developing the platform and team, and earlier this year won an investment from US-based MSD Animal Health. Matching this with an AC grant, the team is now well on their way to globalising their pets data platform.

Veterinary medical patient data can often be fragmented and/or missing, and often lacking the features to verify authenticity. With new and exciting technologies, VetDB has created the world’s first platform to manage verifiable medical data for your furry friends, filling the void.

By creating this platform, the health and welfare outcomes for pets should improve with access to verifiable and accurate medical data.

Speaking to Startup News, VetDB Co-founder and Chief Operations Officer Ross Wyness said he was thrilled to have the boost the company needed to support its product commercialisation efforts, expand beta clinic trials, and scale up adoption in Australia and abroad.

VetDB is thrilled to have been awarded an AC Grant! To receive the grant at this stage in our company’s growth will provide us with a substantial leg-up in our product development and commercialisation.

The technology platform we’re developing has already significantly impacted the veterinary sector. VetDB supports vets, specialists, and pet owners with better ways of managing verifiable and accurate medical data to ultimately improve health and welfare outcomes for the animals who entrust us with their care.

Ross Wyness
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The Accelerating Commercialisation grants program is aimed at Australian businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers that are trying to commercialise a novel product, process or service. You can submit an Expression of Interest (COI) at any time, and the program is open all year round. So far, there have been 28 Accelerating Commercialisation grants given out this year around the country worth more than $17M, of which VetDB is the only grantee in 2021.

To read more about the grant, follow this link here.