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J Small Anim Pract. 2004 Apr;45(4):213-8.

Pilot study to investigate the feasibility of surveillance of small animals in the UK.

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Ecology and Epidemiology Group, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Warwick, Coventry.


This report presents a summary of the pilot Petsavers Companion Animal Disease Surveillance study that was initiated by the BSAVA to investigate the feasibility of veterinarians in practice collecting surveillance data from animals presented for treatment or routine procedures. Fifteen practices collected data using a standard questionnaire on up to four days over a period from July 2000 to April 2001. A total of 2631 questionnaires relating to first consultations were completed. There were errors in filling in the questionnaires and errors in data entry at a level that is standard for this type of data collection procedure. Some questions had a 30 per cent non-response rate. Approximately 60 per cent of the questionnaires contained data on dogs and 33 per cent on cats; other species were covered in the remaining 7 per cent of questionnaires. No questionnaires were returned for fish. Further analysis of the questionnaires indicated that 75 per cent of the dogs presented were pedigree, with 132 breeds listed, and 25 per cent were crossbreeds. The commonest disease group presented was ear disease: 4 per cent of dogs had one of five ear conditions. The conclusion from this pilot study is that a more robust technique for collection and preparation of data, that is less time consuming and more accurate, is required.

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