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Acta Vet Scand. 2011;53 Suppl 1:S3. doi: 10.1186/1751-0147-53-S1-S3. Epub 2011 Jun 20.

Data warehouse for assessing animal health, welfare, risk management and -communication.

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Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, Unit of Veterinary Epidemiology and Health Management, Center for Veterinary Disease Control, Animal Welfare and Trade, Mørkhøj Bygade 19, DK-2860 Søborg, Denmark.


The objective of this paper is to give an overview of existing databases in Denmark and describe some of the most important of these in relation to establishment of the Danish Veterinary and Food Administrations' veterinary data warehouse. The purpose of the data warehouse and possible use of the data are described. Finally, sharing of data and validity of data is discussed. There are databases in other countries describing animal husbandry and veterinary antimicrobial consumption, but Denmark will be the first country relating all data concerning animal husbandry, -health and -welfare in Danish production animals to each other in a data warehouse. Moreover, creating access to these data for researchers and authorities will hopefully result in easier and more substantial risk based control, risk management and risk communication by the authorities and access to data for researchers for epidemiological studies in animal health and welfare.

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