Welcome to the VetCompassLearn Zone!

In this area you will find a wide range of resources for exploring the information generated by the VetCompass Programme.

Companion animals require veterinary attention to prevent, diagnose or treat a huge range of health problems. The VetCompass project collects pet health data routinely recorded by UK veterinary practices, as part of 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.

Explore regional differences in demographics of UK pet dogs and cats in a few clicks of the mouse and discover the most common types of health problem affecting their well-being, based on data from VetCompass-participating clinics nationwide.

The support of the following partners are gratefully acknowledged:

RCVS Knowledge
The Kennel Club Charitable Trust
Dog Trust

Pictorial summaries of VetCompass study findings 

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What disorders most commonly affect our dogs?

This poster summarises the results of a study looking at the most common conditions diagnosed in dogs attending veterinary practices in England.

Developed in collaboration with the Medivet veterinary group and the RSPCA

How long do our dogs live?

A study exploring whether crossbred dogs live longer than purebred dogs is summarised in this poster. The most common causes of death in dogs and the average life expectancies of the most common breeds are also presented.

Developed in collaboration with the Medivet veterinary group and the RSPCA

       

                 

What disorders commonly affect our cats? 

This poster summarises the results of a study looking at the most common conditions diagnosed in cats attending veterinary practices in England.

Developed in collaboration with the Medivet veterinary group and the RSPCA

How long do our cats live?

This poster summarises the results of a study looking at the life expectancy of cats in England. The study aimed to compare the lifespan of crossbred and purebred cats and identify how long cats live and what they die of.

Developed in collaboration with the Medivet veterinary group and the RSPCA

 

 

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Veterinary Epidemiology in Practice - The VetCompass Programme

Dr. Dan O'Neill (VetCompass, RVC)

In this e-lecture, recorded as part of the VET Talks series hosted by the RVC, Dr Dan O'Neill gives an overview of practice-based veterinary epidemiological research and describes the important role of VetCompass in pushing the boundaries of this exciting new field. 

           

The Other Role of the Veterinary Scientist in Dog Health: How Vets Can Contribute to Dog Health & Welfare Beyond the Practice

Dr. Dan O'Neill (VetCompass, RVC) & Dr. Katy Evans (University of Nottingham) British Small Animal Veterinary Association Annual Congress, 2015

This talk was delivered at BSAVA Congress 2015 and addresses the importance of generating high quality evidence to inform decision-making for the improvement of canine welfare. Dr. Dan O’Neill and Dr. Katy Evans discuss the importance of evidence-based veterinary advice when aiming to improve dog health at a population level, highlighting how large-scale, ongoing health surveillance projects such as VetCompass are vital in providing relevant, representative findings for practical use by clinicians.

This audio recording is shared by kind permission of the UK Kennel Club.

     

Tools and Techniques to Help Advise Clients Interested in Dog Breeding

Dr. Dan O'Neill (VetCompass, RVC) & Aimee Llewellyn (Geneticist & Health Information Manager, UK Kennel Club)British Small Animal Veterinary Association Annual Congress, 2015

This talk was delivered as part of the first ever BSAVA lecture stream on ‘Practical aspects of dog breeding’.  Dr. Dan O’Neill and Aimee Llewellyn (of the Royal Veterinary College & UK Kennel Club respectively) presented information on the practical approaches veterinary practices can take to improve the advice they give to breeder clients. Both speakers emphasised the vital role that veterinary practitioners can play in improving dog health at a population level and highlighted the importance of large-scale, ongoing health surveillance projects such as VetCompass.

This audio recording is shared by kind permission of the UK Kennel Club.  

    

Veterinary Clinical Records for Research: An interview with Dr Fergus Coutts

Discussing how we can use the information contained in veterinary clinical records to better understand pain-related welfare in companion animals

    

    

VetCompass - Supporting Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine

A short video about VetCompass with examples of evidence generated, with musical accompaniment (no speaker)

    

    

    

Dog Longevity and Mortality in England 

Information on the expected lifespan and causes of death in dogs in England based on a VetCompass Programme study

    

    

Exploring Canine Epilepsy - the VetCompass Approach

Find out how common epilepsy is in dogs and which breeds are affected


    

Peer-reviewed VetCompass publications       

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Corneal ulcerative disease in dogs under primary veterinary care in England: epidemiology and clinical management

O'Neill, D.G., Lee, M.M, Brodbelt, D.C., Church, D.B. & Sanchez, R.F. Canine Genetics and Epidemiology, 2017, 4:5

Evidence in practice – a pilot study leveraging companion animal and equine health data from primary care veterinary clinics in New Zealand.

Muellner, P., Muellner, U., Gates, M. C., Pearce, T., Ahlstrom, C., O'Neill, D., Brodblet, D. & Cave, N. J. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 2016, 3.

Multiple morbidities in companion dogs: a novel model for investigating age-related disease

Jin, K., Hoffman, J.M., Creevy, K.E., O'Neill, D.G. and Promislow, D.E.L. Pathobiology of Aging and Age-related Diseases 2016, 6: 33276

Characterisation of antimicrobial usage in cats and dogs attending UK primary care companion animal veterinary practices

Buckland, E., O'Neill, D., Summers, J., Mateus, A., Church, D., Redmond, L. and Brodbelt, D. Veterinary Record (2016) doi:10.1136/vr.103830

Epidemiology of diabetes mellitus among 193,435 cats attending primary-care veterinary practices in England

O'Neill DG, Gostelow R, Orme C, Church D., Niessen SJM, Verheyen K & Brodbelt DC (July 2016) Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Demography and health of Pugs under primary veterinary care in England

O'Neill DG, Darwent EC, Church DB and Brodbelt DC (June 2016) Canine Genetics and Epidemiology 2016, 3(1):1-12.

Epidemiology of hyperadrenocorticism among 210,824 dogs attending primary-care veterinary practices in the UK from 2009 to 2014

O'Neill DG, Scudder C, Faire JM, Church DB, McGreevy PD, Thomson PC and Brodbelt DC (June 2016) Journal of Small Animal Practice 2016

The epidemiology of patellar luxation in dogs attending primary-care veterinary practices in England.

O'Neill DG, Meeson RL, Sheridan A, Church DB and Brodbelt DC (June 2016) Canine Genetics and Epidemiology

Epidemiological associations between brachycephaly and upper respiratory tract disorders in dogs attending veterinary practices in England.

O'Neill D, Jackson C, Guy J, Church D, McGreevy P, Thomson P. & Brodbelt D.  (July 2015) Canine Genetics and Epidemiology

Epidemiology of Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease Diagnosis in Dogs Attending Primary-Care Veterinary Practices in England

Taylor-Brown FE, Meeson RL, Brodbelt DC, Church DB, McGreevy PD, Thomson PC & O'Neill DG.  (June 2015; Epub ahead of print) Veterinary Surgery

Degenerative mitral valve disease: Survival of dogs attending primary-care practice in England

Mattin MJ, Boswood A, Church DB, McGreevy PD, O'Neill DG, Thomson PC, Brodbelt DC. (May 2015; Epub ahead of print) Preventive Veterinary Medicine

Disorders recorded in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels attending primary-care veterinary practices in England

Summers JF, O’Neill DG, Church DB, Thomson PC, McGreevy PD and Brodbelt DC. (April 2015) Canine Genetics and Epidemiology.

Prevalence of and risk factors for degenerative Mitral Valve disease in dogs attending primary-care veterinary practices in England

Mattin MJ, Boswood A, Church DB, López-Alvarez J, McGreevy PD, O'Neill DG, Thomson PC, Brodbelt DC. (March 2015) Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Prevalence and risk factors for mast cell tumours in dogs in England

Shoop SJ, Marlow S, Church DB, English K, McGreevy PD, Stell AJ, Thomson PC, O'Neill DG and Brodbelt DC  (2014) Canine Genetics and Epidemiology.

Prescribing practices of primary-care veterinary practitioners in dogs diagnosed with bacterial pyoderma

Summers JF, Hendricks A, Brodbelt DC (2014) BMC Veterinary Research.

Prevalence of disorders recorded in cats attending primary-care veterinary practices in England

O'Neill DG, Church DB, McGreevy PD, Thomson PC, Brodbelt DC (2014) Veterinary Journal.

Feline hyperthyroidism reported in primary-care veterinary practices in England: prevalence, associated factors and spatial distribution

Stephens MJ, O'Neill DG, Church DB, McGreevy PD, Thomson PC, Brodbelt DC (2014) The Veterinary Record.

Longevity and Mortality in cats attending primary care veterinary practices in England 

O'Neill DG, Church DB, McGreevy PD, Thomson PC, Brodbelt DC (2014) Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.

Approaches to Canine Health Surveillance

O'Neill DG, Church DB, McGreevy PD, Thomson PC, Brodbelt DC (2014) Canine Genetics and Epidemiology,1:2.

Prevalence of Disorders Recorded in Dogs Attending Primary-Care Veterinary Practices in England

O'Neill DG, Church DB, McGreevy PD, Thomson PC, Brodbelt DC (2014) PLoS One, 9(3).

An Epidemiological study of diabetes mellitus in dogs attending first opinion practice in the UK

Mattin MJ, O'Neill DG, Church DB, McGreevy PD, Thomson PC, Brodbelt DC(2014) The Veterinary Record, 174(14), 349.

Longevity and mortality of owned dogs in England

O'Neill DG, Church DB, McGreevy PD, Thomson PC, Brodbelt DC (2013) The Veterinary Journal, 198, 638-643.

Chronic Kidney Disease in Dogs in UK Veterinary Practices: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Survival

O'Neill DG, Elliott J, Church DB, McGreevy PD, Thomson PC, Brodbelt DC (2013) Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine; 27(4):814-21

Prevalence and risk factors for canine epilepsy of unknown origin in the UK

Kearsley-Fleet L, O'Neill DG, Volk HA, Chursh DB, Brodbelt DC (2013) The Veterinary Record; 30;172(13)

Primary care veterinary usage of systemic glucocorticoids in cats and dogs in three UK practices

O'Neill DG, Hendricks A, Summers JF, Brodbelt DC (2012) J Small Anim Pract; 53(4): 217-22

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