How prevalent is canine degenerative mitral valve disease and can we improve monitoring? A new RVC PhD seeks to find out more…  

The RVC has been awarded more than £133,000 to help fund a PhD studentship tasked with investigating a prevalent canine heart condition.

Cardiogram of dog with DMVDSpeaking to Vetsonline the college revealed it had been granted £133,141 by the Petplan Charitable Trust to be used as part of a three-year PhD project looking at degenerative mitral valve disease (DMVD) in dogs.

The chosen student – working under RVC academics David Brodbelt, Adrian Boswood and David Church – will use data from the college’s VetCompass practice surveillance scheme to monitor and asses the disease.
Thanking the trust for its support Dr Brodbelt said: “This is an exciting opportunity to build on continuing work within the VetCompass project as well as Prof Boswood’s work following the clinical and biochemical progression of DMVD in dogs attending two central London primary practice.

“It will complement other VetCompass projects by focusing in detail on canine mitral valve disease and linking routinely collected epidemiological data with biochemical samples in dogs with the condition.”

The doctorate student will use data from more than 100 small animal practices to document the prevalence of the disease and the various treatments used, while evaluating the survival characteristics of dogs with DMVD in order to help practitioners improve their patient assessments.  

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