Updated on May 31, 2024


Created on November 17, 2019



VetAfrica is a mobile application that assists with diagnosis of livestock diseases and disease surveillance.

Developed By
  1. Cojengo Ltd
Tested By
  • Cojengo Ltd
  • VetAfricaHub
Content Partners


Product Description

VetAfrica is a mobile application developed to help African vets and farmers diagnose diseases in livestock. It has been developed by Scottish based company Cojengo Ltd, with an additional hub, VetAfricaHub, an online data management dashboard to review, share, and act upon live surveillance data.

Glasgow is the headquarter of the mobile application where the software is developed. Testing was done in Kenya and Ethiopia. While doing the tests in Ethiopia, IDRC supported the research and development of the mobile app. The research was led by a team from the University of Prince Edward Island and peers based at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture at Addis Ababa University. The designers sell their services to local and country governments.

Target SDGs

SDG 15: Life on Land

SDG 2: Zero Hunger

Target Users (Target Impact Group)


Distributors / Implementing Organizations

The mobile application is available on the Microsoft App Store.

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include M-Farm, Esoko, and iCow.

Manufacturing/Building Method

Mobile application development in partnership with Microsoft.

Intellectural Property Type


User Provision Model

Users can download the mobile app for access

Distributions to Date Status

VetAfrica-Ethiopia has supported collection and management of information relating to roughly 2,000 cattle cases from more than 20 rural centers throughout Ethiopia.

Design Specifications

The mobile application was designed by Conjego in partnership with Microsoft and helps African farmers and vets diagnose diseases in livestock. Farmers use the app to select various symptoms that their livestock may be exhibiting to reach a diagnosis. The app has the ability to store and share the data gathered on disease surveillance and monitoring. This helps enable farmers to keep track of illnesses that are within the region and prepare for any future outbreaks. The app also helps veterinarians and others working with animals study what illnesses and diseases are present, how widespread they are, and whether or not they are curable.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Users can get technical support from the mobile application designers.

Replacement Components




Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

This application was designed to help livestock farmers with diagnosis and disease surveillance of livestock.

Vetted Performance Status

Testing performed by a professor at University of Strathclyde showed that the app gave accurate diagnosis compared to real blood tests of livestock from Ethiopia.



Complementary Technical Systems


Academic Research and References

Beyene, J.T., Eshetu, A., Abdul, A., Etenesh, W., Bey, F.A., Tufa, B.T., Sami, I. and Revie, W.C., 2017, Assisting Differential Clinical Diagnosis of Cattle Diseases using Smartphone-Based Technology in Low Resource Settings: A Pilot Study, BMC Veterinary Research, PMC5679378

Beyene, J.T., Asfaw, F., Getachew, Y., Tufa, B.T., Iain, C., Bey, F.A. and Revie, W.C., 2018, A Smartphone Based Application Improves the Accuracy, Completeness and Timeliness of Cattle Disease Reporting and Surveillance in Ethiopia, Frontiers in Veterinary Science, PMC5776010

“Smartphone App Is Improving Sustainable Cattle Farming in Ethiopia.” n.d. IDRC – International Development Research Centre. Accessed May 31, 2024. https://idrc-crdi.ca/en/research-in-action/smartphone-app-improving-sustainable-cattle-farming-ethiopia

Blazhevska, Vesna, Martin, A. Runa, and dpicampaigns. n.d. “Goal 15: Life on Land.” United Nations Sustainable Development. Accessed May 31, 2024. https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/blog/category/life-on-land/

The mobile application was designed by Conjego in partnership with Microsoft


The Conversation. 2019. “How to Keep Buildings Cool Without Air Conditioning – According to an Expert in Sustainable Design.” Engineering For Change. August 15, 2019. https://www.engineeringforchange.org/news/keep-buildings-cool-without-air-conditioning-according-expert-sustainable-design/

Compliance with regulations


Evaluation methods

The mobile app was evaluated for its accuracy in diagnosing livestock diseases by a professor in University of Strathclyde and the evaluation done showed that the app is effective for diagnosis.

Other Information

Microsoft-backed VetAfrica app helps East Africa farmers in disease diagnosis Smartphone App that Diagnoses Diseases in Livestock in Ethiopia

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