Dog breed health

VetCompass studies have explored a number of important topics including issues related to the health of pedigree dogs. The current VetCompass understanding of canine health is summarised in a recent statement.


VetCompass shares and analyses veterinary clinical information to understand the disorders and improve the welfare of companion animals


  • "The Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding recognised from its inception, as indeed did others before it, that the collection of data was an urgent necessity, in order to produce reliable information about the health and welfare of dogs and provide a scientific basis for any recommendations Council might make. Professor Sir Patrick Bateson (Independent Inquiry into Dog Breeding, 2010) stated: “High priority should be given to the creation of a computer-based system for the collection of anonymised diagnoses from veterinary surgeries in order to provide statistically significant prevalence data for each breed.” An initiative called VetCompass, involving the Royal Veterinary College and University of Sydney, has been doing exactly this by means of the routine capture of first opinion clinical data using electronic patient records from veterinary practice. This is a commendable and important enterprise and will be of considerable value, especially so if the information collected can be reconciled with data collected by others to enable analysis of a wide range of data sets."

    Dog Advisory Council (DAC)
  • “The KC is fully supportive of the principle of data collection from veterinary practices which will give us much greater information about the conditions which affect dogs and dog breeds.”

    “Research projects such as VEctAR (now known as VetCompass) are crucial to enabling dog breeders to breed even healthier dogs while retaining the characteristics essential to their particular breed.”

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    Canines 811,140
    Rabbits 67,784
    Rodents 56,807
    Reptiles 5,658
    Ferrets 4,545
    Fish 636
    Other 6,128
    TOTAL 1,540,277

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