Product development for bovine fecal sampling and canine continence care
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A key task in animal parasitology studies is the collection of faeces for analysis. In this project, a new device was developed. Anti-ballistic textiles were chosen for their tenacity and durability. Testing to international standards was undertaken to ensure suitability for animal use. The new product, launched in June 2017, was markedly different from the harness system previously used and reduced the fitting difficulties for animal care staff and discomfort for the animals. The key challenges tackled in its development were ensuring a good secure fit, taking account of sensitive areas on the animal’s body as well as the ease of positioning and removal of the collection device for staff. Unique design features were introduced to ensure comfort for the animal, and flexibility and longevity of the product, enabling the device to be fitted to animals of different ages and sizes. To facilitate full development of the bovine product the researcher worked in collaboration with Moredun Research Institute, who were able to give feedback on the functionality of the product. The researcher also collaborated with the manufacturer J&D Wilkie, who produced the prototypes and subsequent revisions. As a result of the design and development work on the bovine product, an additional simplified product to manage canine incontinence and sampling was also created. The design of both products was optimised for efficient manufacture and the production process and cost were considered at every stage of design development.