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Show Me The Numbers Theme: Outline for Participants

    General Goals and Outcomes - all Themes: 
    By the conclusion of the 3rd IDHW participants should leave with a clear sense of key decisions on priorities / needs within the theme; remaining gaps/ challenges/ controversies; List of specific tasks/ actions to be undertaken over the next two years, by whom; and a clear understanding of how they, personally, will help achieve the desired outcomes.

    Please see: 3rd IDHW_Program Overview, Schedule, Themes and Speakers  for further information.


    Show Me The Numbers Theme
    Integrating information from various sources for demography, prevalence, risks, severity, duration, geographic and temporal variation and other population-level information.
    •    Working Group Coordinators/ Facilitators: Dan O’Neill, UK; Sylvia Keijser, Netherlands;
    •    Resource persons:  Brenda Bonnett, IPFD; Sofia Malm (Plenary Speaker), Swedish KC
    •    Notetaker:  Fleur-Marie Missant, SCC



    Keys To This Theme

    It is increasingly recognised that we need some improvements to the population-based data that are available on dogs if we are to make real gains to dog health nationally and internationally. Such considerations/ needs include but are not limited to: 
    •    Better data collection, compilation and communication methods
    •    Identifying and comparing data sources
    •    Linking databases / Collaborative research projects / ‘Jigsaw’ projects
    •    Understanding the uses and limitations of various data sources
    •    Standardised terminology (e.g. SnoMed, VeNom, PETscan, Agria)
    •    Analytical methods
    •    Dissemination
    •    How each person/group can get involved
    •    Opportunities missed
    •    Prioritisation of data needs
    •    Poor data versus No data
    •    Need for demographic data at a national and international level


    Please come to the session prepared with a 2-minute overview of your personal/group current work/ views relative to this theme.


    Continue reading below or download PDF


    3rd IDHW Guide for Participants_Show me the numbers_14April2017.docx



    Possible Questions For The Breakout Sessions

    • Who is doing what and where... and what is making a difference? (see Appendix, below)
      • Kennel clubs... which ones are capitalizing on available data and/ or moving toward a more quantitative approach?  Integrating with whole population numbers?  Barriers?
      • Veterinary data, insurance data – new developments, directions, researchers; industry?
      • What potential sources are currently underutilized?
    • What ’numbers’ (counts, prevalence, risk, etc.; by breed, location, etc.) are most needed and how can they be incorporated into breeding strategies, within breeds, within and across countries
    • Roles and responsibilities across stakeholder groups?
      • Veterinarians/ individuals/ small clinics/ corporate practices/ industry
      • Breed and kennel organizations
    • As for other Themes - we need effective tools to widely share information/ expertise; to prevent redundancy of efforts and to create change.  We must ask:
      •  Are there existing materials, approaches and tools which can be shared?
      • Can be further utilized for information sharing?  Working Forums, etc.?
      • Can any of the group commit to taking on some of these roles
    • What actions can be pursued at the workshop and afterwards?  What is most important to be done at an international level? Are there other stakeholders who could be involved?


    Possible Specific Outcomes Show Me The Numbers Theme :

    • Develop specific resources and tools to direct and support kennel and breed clubs to collect and share more quantitative data that is of verifiable quality and representative of the studied population.
    • Agree on a standard terminology/coding system for universal usage
    • Create a working group to design and fund a PhD program or post-doc to compile and harmonize data from various sources? Could include:
      • A template for a breed health survey performed on one breed in multiple countries to provide comparable data
      • A strategy to compile accurate data on numbers of dogs, registered and unregistered within a country.
      • A strategy to apply accurate worldwide demographic data to actions that improve dog welfare (ie impact)


    Organisation of Breakout Session:

    Time frame (refer to 3rd International Dog Health Workshop Paris 2017: Program Schedule, Speakers and Breakout Themes):

    To be accomplished before 1st Sharing session on Saturday at 16 :05-17 :45) 

    • Breakouts : 11 :15 - 13 :00 and 14 :30-15 :45 Saturday
      • Introduction 
        • Explain the background for the group and process for discussions
        • Introductions from each member and brief info on what they do in ‘quantitatives’
      • Initiating, short presentations.
      •  Address questions; identify and prioritize issues; identify gaps ; what are the current barriers to capturing and using Big Data on dogs.
    • To be accomplished before 2nd Sharing session on Sunday 10 :45-13 :00
      • Breakout: 08 :30-10 :15 Sunday
        • Identify specific actions ; 
        • assign names to working groups or initiatives


    Appendix:  Reference List or see 

    Some quantitative work already published on dog health - references for attendees at 3rd IDHW on

    The good news: there is already quite a bit of quantitative work already published on dog health. Here are some topics and sample papers that are worth reviewing before the session. 


    Comparison and challenges for different data sources:
    O'NEILL, D., CHURCH, D., MCGREEVY, P., THOMSON, P. & BRODBELT, D. 2014. Approaches to canine health surveillance. Canine Genetics and Epidemiology, 1, 2.


    Understanding primary-care vet data for research:
    ROBINSON, N. J., BRENNAN, M. L., COBB, M. & DEAN, R. S. 2014. Capturing the complexity of first opinion small animal consultations using direct observation. Veterinary Record.


    Exploring bias in referral clinical records:
    BARTLETT, P. C., VAN BUREN, J. W., NETERER, M. & ZHOU, C. 2010. Disease surveillance and referral bias in the veterinary medical database. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 94, 264-271.


    Uses of owner-reported data:
    ADAMS, V. J., EVANS, K. M., SAMPSON, J. & WOOD, J. L. N. 2010. Methods and mortality results of a health survey of purebred dogs in the UK. Journal of Small Animal Practice, 51, 512-524.


    Kennel club registrations statistics:
    THE KENNEL CLUB. 2017. Breed registration statistics [Online]. The Kennel Club Limited. Available: [Accessed January 23 2017].


    The use of insurance data: 
    BONNETT, B. N., EGENVALL, A., HEDHAMMAR, Å. & OLSON, P. 2005. Mortality in over 350,000 insured Swedish dogs from 1995-2000: I. breed-, gender-, age- and cause-specific rates. Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica, 46, 105-120.


    Comparison of information from literature, referral practice and expert opinion with data from primary practice:
    KEIJSER, S. F. A., MEIJNDERT, L. E., FIETEN, H., CARRIÈRE, B. J., VAN STEENBEEK, F. G., LEEGWATER, P. A. J., ROTHUIZEN, J. & NIELEN, M. 2017. Disease burden in four populations of dog and cat breeds compared to mixed-breed dogs and European shorthair cats. Preventive Veterinary Medicine.


    Quantitative data requirements for welfare impact assessment:
    COLLINS, L. M., ASHER, L., SUMMERS, J. F., DIESEL, G. & MCGREEVY, P. D. 2010. Welfare epidemiology as a tool to assess the welfare impact of inherited defects on the pedigree dog population. Animal Welfare, 19, 67-75. 


Edited by Brenda Bonnett

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