FLIR Application Stories - Veterinary

FLIR regularly publishes application stories where you can read how our customers are using FLIR infrared cameras and thermal imaging solutions.

South African equine clinic enhanced with thermal imaging camera

Horse owners have used their hands to identify temperature differences in their horses as an indication for health issues for centuries. Human touch cannot identify changes in temperature of less than two degrees Celcius, however. Modern thermal imaging cameras can detect temperature changes of less than 0.03 degrees Celcius, making the identification of temperature related health problems more accurate.

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Hot biology: investigating the thermal ­physiology of birds and mammals

Perhaps surprisingly many details of the thermal biology of animals are still unknown. Wildlife researchers try to fill the gaps in our knowledge of these fascinating processes. One of the organizations that push the boundaries of our knowledge in this field is the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

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Veterinary applications of thermography on cats and dogs

Thermal, or infrared, energy is a part of the electromagnetic spectrum that is invisible because its wavelength is too long to be detected by the human eye (Figure 1); instead, we perceive it as heat. Unlike visible light, everything with a temperature above absolute zero emits heat. Even very cold objects, such as ice cubes, emit infrared radiation.

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Stress levels of zoo animals are kept to a minimum with FLIR thermal imaging cameras

Zoo veterinarians all over the world are faced with the problem of determining whether an animal should be treated under anesthesia or not. Many zoo animals are very sensitive to emotional stress and to the physical side-effects of anesthetics, so it is very important to gain as much information from the animal as possible.

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Automatic health check in dairy farms using FLIR thermal imaging cameras

Modern farms increasingly resemble factories in their makeup as they become more and more industrialized. The present day farmer spends less time performing menial tasks and more time behind the computer.

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A FLIR Systems ThermaCAM™ P65 is used to keep stock bulls in form

Once considered as exotic, infrared thermography is gradually becoming an established and recognized tool in veterinary medicine. Infrared thermography can also be used to preserve other valuable animal assets of another kind: livestock breeding. FLIR Systems has sponsored a relevant research project.

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Thermal imaging cameras help diagnose health issues in small animals

Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the University of Helsinki shows that thermal imaging cameras are a good tool to find health issues in small animals as well. “The research is not yet complete, but my initial findings are very positive”, explains veterinarian and researcher Mari Vainionpää.

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Thermal imaging helps Olympic riders and their horses win medals

Just like any other athlete, horses can get injured, but FLIR thermal cameras help to keep the horses healthy and ready to perform at the peak of their ability.

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