Vets are leading the way in “pivotal and transformative” arthritis research and treatment thanks to funding from the BSAVA through its charity, PetSavers.

For 20 years, PetSavers has funded a range of studies on many diseases commonly affecting pets, which sought to improve the veterinary profession’s ability to diagnose and treat – with this knowledge, in turn, able to aid human health studies.

Ross Allan
Ross Allan praised the work done by PetSavers.

With this in mind, and to mark World Arthritis Day on 12 October, the BSAVA is celebrating clinical research successes – and their effects on the profession.

Key role

One example is the key role PetSavers has played in expanding the profession’s knowledge of elbow dysplasia.

BSAVA public relations officer Ross Allan explained: “One study by Gemmill was pivotal, transformative and a step change in the mindset of the profession; it’s about the best possible management of a condition.

“At this time CT scans were rarely used, so this study greatly expanded understanding of the causal factors in canine elbow dysplasia, showing elbow joint incongruency was involved in the development of fragmented coronoid process disease in the dog.

Important findings

Mr Allan continued: “Since 2004, ready access to CT scans in the profession is far more commonplace, with CT generally accepted as offering the opportunity for highly sensitive and non-invasive assessment of joint architecture, including congruency.”

Further, PetSavers’ grant funds have enabled important findings on the use of MRI in the diagnosis of both cranial cruciate and meniscal injuries in dogs.

Mr Allan concluded: “The impact of all clinical research is difficult to gauge at the time of grant funding, but PetSavers, which is generously funded by donations, should be rightly proud of the impact its research has made.”

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