VetCompass describes a philosophy whereby the cumulative veterinary clinical experience is harnessed to improve companion animal welfare. To fulfil the VetCompass philosophy, the VetCompass Programme has been developed at the Royal Veterinary College in conjunction with the University of Sydney as a not-for-profit collaborative programme where veterinary clinical information is shared, analysed and disseminated to develop an evidence base to improve the health and welfare of companion animals.
The VetCompass ethos comprises five core components that support the multiple distinct projects within the overall research programme:
1. Welfare improvement
All VetCompass projects must include a stated objective to improve animal welfare.
2. VeNom Coding
The VeNom Codes, a standardised veterinary terminology, are available for VetCompass collaborators so that research projects use a common language.
Collaboration across the breadth of stakeholders in animal welfare is essential for successful science.
4. Evidence based veterinary medicine (EBVM)
All VetCompass projects aim for peer-review publication in order to supplement the current evidence base on companion animal health.
Education of the current and the next generation of welfare scientists is promoted by embedding VetCompass project work within undergraduate, postgraduate and clinical frameworks.
Below we feature a few articles from VetCompass.