Companion animal research undertaken by the Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET) is to receive a boost thanks to a year’s sponsorship from the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF).

AWF support will help to continue SAVSNET’s on-going developments in disease monitoring.

SAVSNET is an initiative from the BSAVA and the University of Liverpool dedicated to advancing research and education into companion animal health and welfare through the analysis of veterinary practice and laboratory data.

The AWF strives to improve the welfare of all animals, including farm animals, wild animals and pets. SAVSNET is the first companion animal project to receive AWF sponsorship for several years.

Identifying outbreaks

PJ Noble, one of SAVSNET’s principal investigators, said: “We are delighted to be supported by the AWF in this way. SAVSNET provides a unique opportunity to identify disease outbreaks and factors influencing disease occurrence in different populations of pets delineating by species, breed, season, location and many others.

“The AWF support will help to continue SAVSNET’s on-going developments in disease monitoring, reporting and feedback to vets and owners, which, in-turn, will inform continued improvement in the welfare of our pets.”

Data gathering

AWF trustee Chris Laurence added: “The AWF is excited to have awarded its first grant for a small animal project for several years.

“Surveillance for disease conditions is a critical basis for evidence-based veterinary medicine and the AWF is pleased to be able to support SAVSNET to expand its existing data gathering. We look forward to further collaboration with SAVSNET over the coming year.”

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