The SoleTech story
Before I was born, my dad was in a car accident that left him paralyzed. That meant that growing up; I couldn't go hunting and fishing or play rugby like the other Kiwi kids, but what he gave me was so much more.
My Dad taught me to think and how to use my mind to create and solve problems. I remember one specific conversation while playing in the pool with our floaty toys: he told me about the inventor of the pool noodle, and how just one simple, but useful idea can lead to success. Ever since I have been fascinated with creating ways to solve problems.
In 2020, I was in my 4th year of vet school. During a practical class, Dr. Kevin Lawrence was teaching us the basics of the fetotomy procedure and introduced us to the fetotome, the current tool for fetotomy use. He commented on how old the tool is and how the design has not changed for 100 years.
This got me thinking, how can I make this tool better for the animal and for the vet? I started to sketch some designs, confirmed the mechanics with some engineering mates and, upon recommendation from a friend, I decided to enter Massey University's Grand Ideas Competition - a competition I was fortunate to win.
The rest is history and here we are a few rounds of trial and error and patents later, ready to bring the SoleTech Dehorner and SoleTech's Fetotomizer tools to the market.