SAVSNET receives sponsorship for pet health research from AWF

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The Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET) would like to announce that the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) will be providing sponsorship to help support companion animal research and surveillance. SAVSNET is an initiative from the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and University of Liverpool and is dedicated to advancing research and education into companion animal health and welfare through the analysis of veterinary practice and laboratory data.  AWF strives to improve the welfare of all animals including farm animals, wild animals and pets, and SAVSNET is the first companion animal project to receive AWF sponsorship for several years.

Dr PJ Noble, one of SAVSNET’s Principal Investigators said ‘We are delighted to be supported by 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.’

Chris Laurence, one of AWF’s trustees added ‘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 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.’

The one year sponsorship sees SAVSNET, BSAVA, University of Liverpool and now AWF, joining efforts to promote evidence based veterinary medicine through research and surveillance, improving companion animal health and welfare.  AWF will contribute to the future direction of SAVSNET’s work and the sponsorship provides an exciting opportunity for the science of veterinary health informatics which involves the entire veterinary profession.