Conceptual image showing the different elements of research

Current research

The data submitted by veterinary practices and laboratories makes a variety of research possible. Here we have showcased some of the research being completed by the SAVSNET team and postgraduate researchers.  A key aim of SAVSNET is to support research and we invite researchers from practice, academia and industry to consider using SAVSNET data for their research requirements.

Adverse drug reactions White cat with person holding a tablet in a gloved hand

Identification and reporting of adverse drug reactions

The central objective of this project is to explore whether the use of information technology and informatics system, in the form of SAVSNET, can facilitate collection and analysis of pharmacovigilance data and assessment of interventions designed to improve reporting.

Vaccine preventable diseases and vaccination in the UK Blonde femaile in blue scrubs with a brown and white collie type dog

Vaccine preventable diseases and vaccination in the UK

Research and surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases and vaccination uptake in companion animals in the UK

Petplan tumour registry Representation of tumour cells

Tumour registry

We are working to develop a pet animal tumour registry (PTR). We will also extend the concept of our existing Virtual Biobank to pilot genomic analyses of cancer biology. The resulting PTR, the largest of its kind, would represent a step-change in our ability to understand pet animal population cancer risk.

Drivers of antibiotic use Tablet being used with abstract background

Better understanding of antibiotic use

We are using the power of Natural Language Processing (NLP) to help identify and minimise unnecessary antimicrobial usage.

Farm Animal Surveillance Network (FAVSNET) Cows grazing in pasture

Farm Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network

A pilot project to collect data from veterinary practices providing care to farm animals, with a view to complement existing surveillance.

Exotic companion animal species Two Guinea Pigs

Exotic companion animal species

Rabbits, guinea pigs and other “exotic” rodent species are some of the most popular pets in the UK, however, research into their welfare has often been neglected.

Equine Veterinary Surveillance Network (EVSNET) Bay horse and rider showjumping

Equine Veterinary Surveillance Network (EVSNET)

We are piloting how what we have learnt in Small Animal surveillance and research can be applied to other species including horses.

The Virtual Biobank Agar plate being read and results recorded

The Virtual Biobank

Working with diagnostic laboratories and state of the art sequencing technologies to transform our understanding of pet animal infections and disease