Hill's and AGL announce strategic alliance to advance veterinary health care for dogs

Vetrax medical analytics offer window into canine behavior and efficacy of therapeutic nutrition

Jan 16, 2016, 20:00 ET from Hill’s Pet Nutrition from ,AGL

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the NAVC Conference, Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc. and AGL announced a strategic alliance that will combine Hill's expertise in pet nutrition with AGL's new VetraxTM veterinary medical analytics system. The collaboration is expected to provide veterinarians and their clients with a new level of understanding about how therapeutic nutrition can help improve a dog's health and behavior — specifically scratching and mobility.

"We are extremely excited about the capabilities of the Vetrax technology and the impact we believe it will have on veterinary health care," says Jesper Nordengaard, vice president, Global Marketing and Innovation, Hill's Pet Nutrition. "With Vetrax, veterinarians will now have a window into their patients' behaviors and be able to monitor the effects of their recommendations in real time. And through this strategic alliance with AGL, Hill's is able to bring innovation beyond therapeutic nutrition to our veterinary customers that can help transform the lives of pets suffering from these health conditions."

Vetrax is a robust veterinary medical device and information platform designed to more quickly alert veterinarians and pet owners to potential health concerns as part of an ongoing monitoring program. It incorporates specially developed dog-behavior algorithms with state-of-the-art sensors and data-sharing capabilities, and is the first system sophisticated enough to distinguish the acts of scratching or shaking from running. Veterinarians will recommend Vetrax for dogs that need to be regularly monitored, including those with dermatological conditions, arthritis or obesity.

Vetrax is now in tests with select veterinary practices. It will be marketed exclusively to veterinarians and is expected to become more widely available to clinics later this year.

The strategic alliance between Hill's and AGL is an exclusive agreement involving therapeutic nutrition, the Vetrax technology, and data associated with various symptoms of medical conditions in pets, including scratching and reduced mobility.

"We are thrilled that our first strategic alliance is with Hill's, an organization that is well-known for its commitment to helping pets reach their full potential through quality nutrition and health care," says Joe Young, chief operating officer, AGL. "Beyond the monitoring capability, Vetrax will provide analytical insights that are truly unlike anything the veterinary profession has seen before. And, Hill's is extraordinarily well-equipped to convert those insights into innovative nutritional solutions that will advance dog health."

For more information about Vetrax and other strategic alliance opportunities with AGL, call 913-565-2445 or email joe.young@AGLtechnology.com.

Based in Norcross, Georgia, AGL develops novel systems that help owners and their veterinarians manage animals' health to provide the best quality of life for pets. AGL works with strategic-development partners, including the Georgia Tech Research Institute, to combine the very latest technologies with exclusively licensed animal-behavior algorithms. The result is convenient, noninvasive monitoring systems that are extraordinary.

Founded more than 75 years ago with an unwavering commitment to pet nutrition, Hill's' mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. The right nutrition combined with the devotion of veterinary professionals can transform the lives of pets; and healthier and happier pets can transform the lives of pet parents. Hill's is dedicated to pioneering research and groundbreaking nutrition for dogs and cats based on a scientific understanding of their specific needs. HILL'S® Prescription Diet® therapeutic pet foods, HILL'S® Science Diet® and HILL'S® Ideal BalanceTM wellness pet foods are sold through veterinarians and pet specialty retailers worldwide. For more information about Hill's, our products and our nutritional philosophy, visit us at Hillspet.com, Hillsvet.com or Facebook, keywords "Hill's Pet Nutrition."

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SOURCE Hill’s Pet Nutrition; AGL