The Swine Innovation Centre at Sterksel (VIC Sterksel) tested the HSW ECO-MATIC® syringe with the V-ETIC system. The V-ETIC combines manual medical treatments with RFID (radio frequency identification) and Bluetooth technology. This makes manual registration obsolete and saves time while reducing the risk of making errors. After a testing period of nine weeks we concluded that the system was easy to install and to use and works fast especially for group treatments. The trials were conducted under the umbrella of the ‘Testing site Swine’ a regional initiative to benefit the swine sector by testing products in a professional research setting. It gives companies the opportunity to test the user experiences of new techniques or products in a safe and controlled environment.
The V-ETIC system
Henke-Sass, Wolf is a German producer of medical instruments. This producer has equipped their existing HSW ECO-MATIC® syringe with the V-ETIC system. This in order to provide a solution for the growing need to measure, track, trace and register animal treatments. Combining manual medical treatments with RFID (radio frequency identification) and Bluetooth technology, every treatment can be registered in real time in an app. This synchronizes with an online cockpit when an online connection is available. It provides the user with a management tool which automatically gives insights in animal treatments, medicine usage per farm or unit and an inventory of the medicines in stock.
The system was previously tested by Henke-Sass, Wolf at several large, Spanish swine farms where they mainly used it for group treatments. In group treatments, the V-ETIC scans one RFID tag and the system registers every animal in that pen or unit as treated. As the animals at VIC Sterksel have individual RFID tags, we were able to treat and register individual animals.
User friendly and efficient
What they required from VIC, was constructive feedback on the practical use of handling the V-ETIC, the app and the cockpit, in individual treatments. During a period of nine weeks, we scored all the aspects of the system on user experience in the farrowing rooms and nurseries. We used the V-ETIC system on an animal level for both group treatments such as piglet vaccinations, as for the occasional treatment of individual illnesses. At the end of these weeks, we evaluated the system, and concluded that the system was easy to install and to use and works fast especially for group treatments. The dashboard provides a good insight in the medicine use and the export of the gathered data to Excel is quite easy.