Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences
Research Centres: Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health
Camilla is a Companion Animal Epidemiologist, working within the VetCompass Programme . Her aim is to utilise primary-care data to provide a reliable evidence base to support improved welfare in companion animal species.
Camilla obtained a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from The Royal Veterinary College in 2015 and worked in first opinion small animal practice upon graduating. She developed an interest in research whilst an undergraduate and returned to The Royal Veterinary College in 2017 to complete a Master of Research degree in Companion Animal Epidemiology within the VetCompassTM team. Specifically, she studied the associations between neutering and urinary incontinence in bitches under primary veterinary care in the UK, which is a hotly discussed topic amongst veterinarians.
Following this, Camilla has now taken on the Kennel Club Charitable Trust (KCCT) funded project within VetCompassTM called "Evidence-based prioritisation of disorders using epidemiological data on dog breeds from VetCompass primary-care veterinary clinical records". The aim is to expand the evidence-base for breed related conditions and identify breed health related priorities in order to improve canine health and welfare.
Camilla's research is based on primary-care veterinary clinical data collected via the VetCompass Programme. During her Masters her focus was on exploring the associations between neutering and urinary incontinence in bitches. Following this, Camilla is working closely with Dr Dan O'Neill and Professor Dave Brodbelt to improve understanding of the role of breed in relation to disorder prevalence and severity.
Vet Compass Project Type: Dog
Funded by BSAVA PetSavers, this project aims to evaluate major risk factors for development of urinary incontinence in bitches. In particular, it will explore the association between neutering and age at time of neutering with onset of early incontinence.
Vet Compass Project Type: Dog
The Kennel Club Charitable Trust (KCCT) has funded a 1-year project within VetCompass™ called ‘Evidence-based prioritisation of disorders using epidemiological data on dog breeds from VetCompass primary-care veterinary clinical records’. Camilla Pegram has taken up the role of VetCompass epidemiologist, working alongside Dr Dan O'Neill and Dr Dave Brodbelt, to explore studies on breed health and to assist in VetCompass™ development.
Veterinary Companion Animal Surveillance System: VetCompass is the RVC's companion animal disease surveillance initiative which analyses clinical data from first-opinion small animal and equine veterinary practices, in order to better understand the conditions affecting the nation’s pets. VetCompass studies are specifically designed to contribute towards long-term improvements in companion animal health and welfare.