Pet owners and vets can now talk via app in Latvia

An app has been created in Latvia that helps pet owners to contact a veterinarian, Latvian Radio reported November 21.

The author of the idea of the “HEROvet” mobile app is  Egils Šusts, Media Arts student who himself has a dog. 

“Last year, I thought of new ideas, needed a new breeze, and wanted to improve myself. Since I am very close to both the information technology sphere and animals, I came to the idea of a mobile app that brings animal owners and veterinarians together at any time of the day through video calls or texts,” Egils said.

Egils said that it was initially difficult to find programmers.

“I participated in a hackaton where I met a German who had come to study in the exchange for six months. Through him, I met another German who was a programmer and agreed to start the project. Eight months later, I found a team for myself and started working on the project,” Egils said.

The first version of the app has been working for three months now. Before the consultation, you can see what its costs will be.

“Several Latvian veterinaries have registered, more than 600 users have registered. Consultations have been held in different places in Latvia, there are doctors from Liepāja, Rīga, Daugavpils. For example, I look for Gaits Kalniņš, vet in Grobiņa, and then mark on the checklist what the consultation is about,” said Egils.

The app can be useful when you need to contact a doctor quickly and remotely, which is also important during this pandemic. It is predicted that 40% of the daily consultation could take place remotely.

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