CVS practices across the UK are stepping up to support the Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET), a charity initiative run jointly by the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and the University of Liverpool, to monitor health and illness in companion animals using anonymised data from veterinary practices and laboratories. CVS’ Practice Division now has more than 290 sites across the UK. They will be linked up to SAVSNET through their practice management systems in a rollout that will continue until the end of the year.
Through its research and analysis, SAVSNET aims to monitor disease trends over time; identify populations at risk and monitor treatments and outcomes. It also aims to provide data and improve public awareness of small animal diseases and prevention. One of its projects delivers near-real-time (within 24 hours) practice-based syndromic surveillance based on data received from participating veterinary surgeons, who through a single mouse click, record information at the end of each consultation through their practice management system. The data is automatically sent to SAVSNET for secure storage and analysis. The whole process is designed to avoid any impact on a practices already busy work flow.
Dr Alan Radford, one of SAVSNET’s principal investigators, said:
“Reusing electronic health data has a massive potential to improve animal and human health. SAVSNET is one project leading the way in this research and it is great to be working with CVS, with its scale and also its focus on high quality veterinary care.
“Working together, SAVSNET and members of the CVS team can really help understand in a new way the diseases seen by the populations under our care. As a small thank you for participation, practices that take part are provided with a secure on-line portal where they can see free anonymised benchmarking statistics including disease data and antibacterial use. Greater knowledge will enable us to target interventions to those animals most at risk, to identify risk factors for disease and to focus veterinary research efforts.
“We are very impressed at the projects being carried out by the SAVSNET team and are keen to support its work, particularly as our veterinary teams can do it so quickly and easily through RoboVet, our practice management system,” commented Marcus Evans, Head of Practice Management Systems at CVS. “As a large veterinary group, and one that is continuing to grow rapidly, our support will add significant weight to SAVNET’s efforts and we are delighted to be contributing to such valuable research.”
Key to its success is CVS’ ability to attract ambitious veterinary staff whilst continuing to invest in the development of their clinical skills and in research to drive the profession forward. It also provides the business support to ensure its diverse range of small animal, large animal and equine practices achieve their full potential. CVS’ guiding principles include a commitment to excellence in all aspects of its work and a focus on building long-term relationships with its customers and suppliers. The company works in close partnership with the wider veterinary profession and industry colleagues.
More information about SAVSNET including recent results can be found at www.savsnet.co.uk