Disease surveillance in small animal practice

  title={Disease surveillance in small animal practice},
  author={H. Carruthers},
  journal={In Practice},
  pages={356 - 358}
VETERINARY surveillance is the process of collecting and using information regarding disease in animals. Harvey Carruthers discusses how companion animal practitioners can gather data and contribute to this process, and describes some of the schemes currently running, including problems encountered. 
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Companion animal practice based disease surveillance in the UK.
The study highlights the potential to record disease data routinely within veterinary practice and recruitment of further practices and practice groups is now ongoing to facilitate companion animal disease surveillance.
Use of sentinel practices to obtain data regarding common clinical conditions and presentations in small animal consultations
The way in which future research is conducted should take into account the realities of first opinion practice, such as the high frequency of comorbidity and polypharmacy, and low frequency of definitive diagnosis.


Pilot study to investigate the feasibility of surveillance of small animals in the UK.
The conclusion from this pilot study is that a more robust technique for collection and preparation of data, that is less time consuming and more accurate, is required.