History of SAVSNET
Following completion of the pilot phase of the project (2008-2011), SAVSNET Ltd. was formed as a joint venture between the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and the University of Liverpool. Since October 2012, SAVSNET Ltd. has been a registered charity (number 1149531). The annual report for 2016 can be viewed here: Annual report 2016
In April 2016, SAVSNET was awarded £700k from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to expand its database of UK pet health records and support more ‘big data’ research into animal and human diseases.
SAVSNET harnesses electronic health and environmental data for rapid and actionable research and surveillance. Our research priorities are currently:
- Antimicrobial resistance
- Climate and environment impact on disease, currently focussed on ectoparasites such as ticks
- Infection and zoonosis
These are cross-but by enabling expertise in:
- Text mining
SAVSNET encompasses two distinct, but complementary approaches, SAVSNET-Lab and SAVSNET-Vet, designed to investigate the disease status of the small animal vet-visiting population.
SAVSNET-Lab utilises a process of scanning surveillance to monitor the many diseases which are tested for at veterinary diagnostic laboratories across the UK. Find out more.
SAVSNET-Vet is near-real-time (within 24 hours), practice-based syndromic surveillance, where participating veterinary surgeons record information at the end of each consultation. This information is sent to SAVSNET were it is securely stored and analysed. Find out more.
Both projects have been awarded ethical approval by the University of Liverpool’s independent Research Ethics Committee, and SAVSNET-Vet, which involves veterinary practices, is supported by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Information on the website is accessible to everyone – veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, pet owners, animal charities, government organisations, and commercial companies. The web reports will increase awareness and background knowledge of diseases in general, and importantly, will provide information on the current disease situation in the small animal population in the UK. This will highlight the need amongst the pet–owning public for preventative care such as vaccination, worming and regular health checks for their animals.
Veterinary teaching and clinical and epidemiological research benefits by the collation and analysis of such data, which can be utilised by researchers across a range of interests, thus maximising the outputs from the project.