People: David Brodbelt, David Church, Kristien Verheyen, Josh Slater, Dan O'Neill, Jennifer Summers, Maddy Mattin, Megan Conroy, Sarah Allen

This collaborative project involves members of the VEEPH group, staff working in the RVC’s clinical services, software designers and colleagues in both UK-based and international universities.  To date, VetCompass has collected clinical records relating to more than 6.8 million small animals and the project continues to grow.  Excitingly, the VetCompass system has now also been adapted for use in equine practice which will offer valuable insight into the health of UK horses.  For more information, please visit the VetCompass website

There are a number of ongoing studies and activities within the VetCompass project including:  

Equine VetCompass: Guiding evidence-based healthcare    Face of a grey horse       

  • To develop the VetCompass system for use in equine practice ·        
  • To document the types and frequency of disorders seen in veterinary-attended horses and ponies in the UK ·        
  • To identify risk factors for some of the most commonly occurring conditions

Chronic kidney disease in cats attending UK practices ·        

  • To estimate the prevalence of and risk factors for chronic kidney disease (CKD) in cats in the UK ·        
  • To evaluate the survival of cats diagnosed with CKD ·        
  • To determine the prevalence of and risk factors for hypertension in cats ·        
  • To describe current practices for measuring blood pressure in cats and treatment of feline hypertension

Degenerative mitral valve disease in dogs attending UK practices ·        

  • To document the prevalence of and risk factors for degenerative mitral valve disease (DMVD) ·        
  • To evaluate the survival characteristics of dogs with DMVD at various stages of disease progression ·        
  • To determine the prognostic value of clinical and biochemical indicators in the primary care setting

  Cavalier King Charles Spaniel sitting down Disease Surveillance in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Chow Chows in the UK                 

  • To investigate the frequency of disorders recorded in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (CKCS) and Chow Chows attending primary-care veterinary practices in the UK to assist with disorder prioritisation           ·        
  • To investigate the feasibility of linking Kennel Club pedigree data with VetCompass clinical data in individual dogs in order to evaluate the genetic basis of the disorders identified

Dogs Trust Canine Welfare Grant project: Evidence-based prioritisation of canine inherited diseases           ·        

  • To create an evidence-based prioritisation list of inherited health disorders to underpin reforms of canine health and welfare

Kennel Club Charitable Trust Companion Animal Epidemiologist at the RVC           ·        

  • To progress the companion animal research capacity of VetCompass           ·        
  • To support collaborative canine breed-specific research

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