Kendy Tzu-Yun Teng
Occurrence and risk factor study on inherited disease and obesity in companion animals
Inherited disease and obesity are being considered major welfare issues in companion dogs. Using epidemiological approaches, I am studying occurrence and risk factors for these conditions. This research is being done under the VetCompass project, a nationwide system for disease surveillance that strives to collate and analyse electronic animal health records from primary-care veterinary clinics in Australia. The findings of my research will benefit key stakeholders from dog owners, veterinarians, to kennel clubs and the government and will enable development of evidence-based policy for controlling inherited diseases and obesity.