Early detection of pain in cats

Mills, Daniel and Finka, Lauren (2016) Early detection of pain in cats. Veterinary Record, 178 (18). p. 456. ISSN 0042-4900

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Abstract

THE University of Lincoln has launched a new campaign to gain help with gathering images and videos of cats for its research aimed at improving the early detection of pain in cats. The Understanding Cat Pain Project is seeking to identify reliable early signs of pain in cats, focusing in particular on their faces, to allow computer-aided recognition. The researchers are in the process of developing analytical techniques to facilitate rapid and reliable detection of pain, with the purpose of supporting the timely delivery of necessary treatments, as well as their improved efficacy.

The project has just launched a big data collection initiative asking vets and nurses to forward 30-second videos and/or photos of cats that are considered to be in pain, and again (where practical) at a time when the same cat is considered to be pain free. The researchers are also seeking videos and stills of cats which have been certified as pain free (eg, following a health check before vaccination). The initial data collection period is scheduled to run until the end of July this year.

Any vets or nurses interested in taking part in this initiative or who would like to request an information pack should e-mail lfinka@lincoln.ac.uk

Keywords:Survey
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D300 Animal Science
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D328 Animal Welfare
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:27964
Deposited On:09 Aug 2017 11:59

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