"VetCompass is an international initiative focused on companion animal health
The Veterinary Companion Animal Surveillance System (VetCompass) is a not-for-profit research project prioritising companion animal welfare. The Royal Veterinary College (RVC), in collaboration with the University of Sydney, is undertaking an ongoing study of companion animal disorders. We aim to investigate the range and frequency of small animal health problems seen by veterinary surgeons and highlight major risk factors for these conditions." Learn more about the VetCompass Vision.
VetCompass works and for veterinarians (see http://www.rvc.ac.uk/vetcompass/for-practices) and Dog Owners (http://www.rvc.ac.uk/vetcompass/for-pet-owners).
"Progress so far
A VetCompass pilot project ran from 2007-2009 across a small number of veterinary practices in the UK. Information gathered was used to report on antibiotic and glucocorticoid use in companion animal practice.
The VetCompass project has rapidly expanded and exceeded 1.5 million unique animals in July 2014. Projects have used VetCompass data to study conditions as diverse as epilepsy, cancer and heart disease. Results from these studies have been published in peer reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences. The output from these and future VetCompass research projects will increasingly benefit animal welfare.
In 2013, an international collaboration with colleagues at the University of Sydney was launched. 'VetCompass Australia' aims to apply the UK VetCompass approach to companion animal health data collection for disease monitoring and surveillance across Australia."
VetCompass Winter 2015 Newsletter
The VetCompass Winter 2015 newsletter summarises some of the recent activities and successes of the VetCompass Programme: VetCompass Winter newsletter 2015.pdf