A free CPD webinar on the work of the Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (Savsnet) will be held in September.

The network, a not-for-profit, charitable company, established between the University of Liverpool and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, has been developed to improve companion animal disease surveillance at local, regional and national scales.

It collects anonymised electronic health records in real-time from participating veterinary practices using compatible versions of practice management software (currently PremVet, RoboVet and Teleos), on a consultation-by-consultation basis.

The data collected covers animal signalment (including species, breed, sex, neutering status, age, vaccination and treatment history, weight, insurance and microchipping status), clinical free text and owner’s postcode.

A compulsory, single-question questionnaire is appended at the end of each consultation allowing the attending veterinary surgeon or nurse to categorise the main reason for the animal’s presentation (currently gastrointestinal, respiratory, pruritus, tumour, trauma, renal, “other sick”, vaccination, “other healthy” or postoperative check-up).

Data also collected from tests carried out in veterinary laboratories includes species tested, sampling and diagnosis dates, sample type, diagnostic method and result, postcode area (of the submitting vet).

The webinar will detail how people can benefit from participation in Savsnet and showcase its work on subjects including tick bites, firework phobia, rabbit health, effect of owner deprivation on health care, and the use of antibiotics in practice. It will take place on Tuesday, September 8 at 1pm.

The Webinar Vet is allowing Savsnet to provide the CPD free of charge. To find out more and to register go to https://www.thewebinarvet.com/savsnet

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