A unique view of equestrian, farm & companion animal information to improve animal welfare and productivity

The Veterinary Health Innovation Engine (vHive) is a research centre, startup and incubator supported by a co-investment of £8.5 million in resources dedicated to the development and adoption of new digital technologies in animal health.

We aim to bridge the technology readiness level gap between the world’s leaders in animal health and to lead the development and application of transformational digital and data analytics tools to advance the wellbeing of animals for the benefit of society.

We believe that the fourth industrial digital revolution demands response at speed. Acting in ideation, innovation, incubation and adoption, we deliver impact through partnership and the commercialisation of outputs.

More than 160 years combined experience

We are a proudly diverse group of ten leading academics, researchers, and industry leaders with 127 papers and 18 post-grad qualifications between us.

Our Team

Alex Cook
Head of vHive
Travis Street
Strategy Manager
Adam Trish
Operations Project Manager
Georgina Cherry
Data Scientist
Abel B. Ekiri
Veterinary Epidemiologist
Ruth Alafiatayo
Research Fellow in Tropical Animal Health and Innovation
Erika Galipò
Research Assistant
Bryony Armson
Research Fellow

Steering Group

Professor Alex Cook, BVM&S, MSc (Trop Vet Med), MSc (Epi), DipECVPH, CertPM, PhD, MRCVS
Head of Department of Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Surrey

Professor Roberto La Ragione
Professor, Head of Dept., Deputy Head of School, University of Surrey

Professor Payam Barnaghi
Professor of Machine Intelligence, University of Surrey

Atti Emecz
Director of Strategic Partnerships, University of Surrey

Professor Theo Kanellos, BVetMed, MSc, PhD, GMP, Hon DSc
Director of Strategic Alliances, Zoetis

Scott Lyle, MBA, C.P.A.
Director, Centre for Digital Innovation, Zoetis

Isaac Odeyemi
Head of Outcomes Research, Zoetis

Sarah Heming
Public Affairs and Customer Relations Director, Zoetis UK, Ireland and Nordics

Gabriel Varga
Regional Director Africa SSR, Zoetis