Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences
Sarah is a PhD student within the Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health group. Her project is entitled Equine VetCompass – Guiding Evidence-Based Equine Healthcare.
Sarah graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the RVC in 2006. She then spent 8 years in clinical practice, completing the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Medicine) in 2014. In 2015, Sarah was awarded an MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology, following which she joined the VEEPH group as a PhD student working on Equine VetCompass.
Sarah’s PhD will develop the highly-successful VetCompass Animal Surveillance project to allow for the collection of anonymised veterinary clinical data from first-opinion equine practices. This information will be used to describe the most common conditions affecting horses in the UK and to determine risk factors for some of the most prevalent disorders. Sarah’s work is funded by the RVC’s Mellon Fund for Equine Research and RCVS Knowledge. She is supervised by Dr Kristien Verheyen, Dr David Brodbelt and Professor Josh Slater.
Vet Compass Project Type: Horse
Funded by the RVC’s Mellon Fund for Equine Research and RCVS Knowledge, this project aims to estimate the prevalence of, and determine risk factors for, the most common disorders affecting horses attended to by veterinary practitioners in the UK.
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.