We are always happy to answer any queries you have, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information.

VetCompass team             


From left: Prof. David Church, Dr. Jen Summers, Dr. Dan O'Neill, Maddy Mattin, Prof. Dave Brodbelt.

For all general enquiries and to join the VetCompass™ project, please contact the team using the details below:

Contact Email

Small animal projects: vetcompass@rvc.ac.uk

Equine project: seallen@rvc.ac.uk

Contact Postal Address American bull terrier puppy

Royal Veterinary College
Hawkshead Lane
North Mymms
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1707 666012

   Professor Dave Brodbelt

MA VetMB PhD DVA DipECVAA MRCVS                                                              

Professor in Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine

Email: dbrodbelt@rvc.ac.uk                                                                                  
Tel: +44 (0)1707 66 7155                                                                                                 

Professor David Church


Vice-Principal (Learning and Student Experience), Professor of Small Animal Medicine

Email: dchurch@rvc.ac.uk                                                                         
Tel: +44 (0)1707 66 6288    

Dr Dan O'Neill

MVB BSc(hons) GPCert(SAP) GPCert(FelP) GPCert(Derm) GPCert(B&PS) MSc(VetEpi) PhD MRCVS

Senior Lecturer in Companion Animal Epidemiology

Email: doneill@rvc.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1707 666012

  Professor Kristien Verheyen


Head of the Graduate School, Professor in Veterinary Clinical Epidemiology

Email: kverheyen@rvc.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1707 666625

Professor Josh Slater


Professor in Equine Clinical Studies

Email: jslater@rvc.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1707 666333

VetCompass Supervisors


Dr Dan O'Neill

MVB BSc(hons) GPCert(SAP) GPCert(FelP) GPCert(Derm) GPCert(B&PS) MSc(VetEpi) PhD MRCVS

Senior Lecturer in Companion Animal Epidemiology

Email: doneill@rvc.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1707 666012

After graduating from Dublin Vet School in 1987, Dan worked in general practice for 22 years, latterly running his own companion animal practice in Kent for 12 years. During these years, he has also gathered qualifications in pharmacology, feline practice, dermatology and business management. In 2009, he left practice to undertake an MSc and then a PhD in veterinary epidemiology at the RVC. His PhD was supported by the RSPCA and developed the VetCompass project collecting primary-care veterinary clinical data to generate evidence on breed health in dogs and cats. Between 2013-2014, he undertook post-doctoral research supported by Dogs Trust to establish welfare scoring methods in dogs. In October 2014, Dan was appointed as the Kennel Club Charitable Trust Companion Animal Epidemiologist at the RVC. In this role, he continues to work within VetCompass to expand data collection from vet practices and to apply these clinical data in a wide range of welfare-related studies.

Ms Maddy Mattin

BVetMed MSc (Vet Epi) MRCVS

PhD student

Email: mmattin@rvc.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1707 667168
Maddy graduated from the RVC in 2006 & spent 5 years working in UK small animal practice before returning to the RVC to undertake an MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology. She subsequently worked at the RVC on an EFSA-funded project on leishmaniosis within the EU. Maddy joined VetCompass in Summer 2013, working on a Petplan Charitable Trust-funded PhD exploring the epidemiology of ‘Degenerative mitral valve disease in dogs attending UK practices

   Sarah Allen

BVetMed CertAVP (EM) MSc (VetEpi) MRCVS

PhD student

Email: seallen@rvc.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 1707 666012

Sarah graduated with a Bachelors 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 from the RVC and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).  She then joined the VetCompass team in October 2015 to work on the Equine VetCompass project.

  Camilla Pegram


MRes student

Email: cpegram@rvc.ac.uk

A 2015 RVC graduate, Camilla spent 2 years in first-opinion small animal practice before returning to the RVC to complete a Masters of Research degree.  This work will characterise the epidemiology of urinary incontinence in bitches and specifically, evaluate the association between neutering and the condition.

   Imogen Schofield

BVSc MSc (VetEpi)  MRCVS


Email: ischofield6@rvc.ac.uk

Imogen graduated from the University of Bristol in 2013.  After 4 years as a first-opinion small animal vet, Imogen moved to the RVC to complete the MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology.  Imogen has stayed at the RVC to complete a PhD investigating hyperadrenocorticism in dogs. 

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