VetCompass stands for Veterinary Companion Animal Surveillance System Australia.

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The idea behind this project is to build a database from information gathered during day-to-day veterinary consultations. This will increase our understanding of the frequency of and risk factors for disorders seen in Australian dogs and cats and will provide a rich source of data for research into their health problems as encountered by veterinarians.

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VetCompass is a project of the University of Sydney, University of Adelaide, University of Melbourne, University of Queensland, Murdoch University, Charles Sturt University and James Cook University, in collaboration with the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK.

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VetCompass has now launched in Australia

In a collaboration between all veterinary schools – to bring the benefits of big data and epidemiology expertise to pets, with potential impacts on human health and the environment. Read more »

VetCompass Australia: a leap forward for companion animals

The September issue of the Australian Veterinary Journal is now available and includes information about VetCompass in Australia. Melanie Latter, the Australian Veterinary Association's Veterinary Affairs Manager, explains what VetCompass is and how veterinary practices can get involved. Latter describes VetCompass as "an exciting new initiative that will monitor trends in disease prevalence and improve the health and welfare of companion animals in Australia. This not-for-profit research project aims to collect data on the range and frequency of companion animal disorders and by identifying risk factors, facilitate development of effective control measures such as improved breeding programs and health screening systems. For VetCompass Australia to succeed it will depend on the collaboration of veterinary practices and their clients."

You can read the full article on the AVA website »