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Small animal surveillance

Many households in the UK own at least one pet animal, with dogs and cats being the most common. The shared environment and close proximity in which many owners live with their pets means that diseases of these species are not only animal health and welfare issues, but also pose potential public health risks.

The routine use of computer systems to record clinical records during small animal consultations provides an opportunity to rapidly collect and collate clinical records for disease surveillance.

The Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET) is a project based at the University of Liverpool that collects clinical records in real-time from participating veterinary practices and collects diagnostic test results from commercial veterinary diagnostic laboratories. The data is used for surveillance and research, including a quarterly small animal surveillance report published in the Veterinary Record.