Livestock and Farm Animal Thermography

As a non-contact, non-invasive tool, Veterinary Thermal Imaging is proving popular amongst farmers, livestock and rare breeds producers.

The mobile and portable technology is ideally suited to the farm environment, and allows real-time imaging of multiple animals in one session.

thermal image of a sheep's head - livestock thermography - ovine thermal imaging - scanning

Thermal imaging can be used on all livestock species.

Common conditions can be picked-up before clinical signs, allowing you to administer treatment, or call the vet sooner - saving time, money and stress.

Back and muscle injuries post-calving can be detected allowing prompt treatment, increasing the animal's wellbeing and chances of conceiving again.

Denerative joint conditions, nerve and skin complaints can also be picked up using thermography.

The University of Helsinki has shown that Veterinary Thermal Imaging is also effective in detecting mastitis in the milking parlour, saving time and money, and wasted milk yield.


thermal image of goat forelegs - livestock thermography - animal thermal imaging - scanning

Thermal Imaging can detect subtle temperature changes associated with FMD, foot rot and foot abscesses.


For the beef and sheep producer, foot abscesses or rot can be easily detected using thermal imaging, saving examination time, and pinpointing the area which needs to be drained or paired. The Institute for Animal Health, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the United States Department for Agriculture are currently looking at Veterinary Thermal Imaging as a diagnostic tool for Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).

Poultry producers, particularly turkey, have been using Veterinary Thermal Imaging to detect early leg problems, and adjust the diet or treat as appropriate. The University of Bristol have found thermal imaging to be effective in detecting stress in chickens.



Many of our Thermographers studied Agiculture at university and and hold BSc (Hons) in Animal Science.

Day rates are available for farm Veterinary Thermal Imaging sessions. Please contact us for more details.

thermal image of a tamworth pig - livestock thermal imaging - porcine thermography - scanning

A rare breeds Tamworth Pig with a low-grade infection in its right hind.

A rare breeds producer requested routine health scans on his breeding animals. The Tamworth sow pictured showed an increase in temperature in her right hind compared to the left due to a low-grade infection, which was subsequently treated quickly and effectively.

Your farm buildings and transport can also be examined using Thermal Imaging, ensuring there is adequate ventilation, insulation etc.

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