SAVSNET in real-time

SAVSNET has always aimed to monitor clinical data in real-time in order to identify trends that might indicate outbreaks of infectious disease or an occurrence of new diseases in pet populations in a timely manner. At present data from veterinary practices are collected immediately on completion of each veterinary consult and data from laboratories are collected either daily, monthly or quarterly depending on the laboratory involved.

The charts below are produced in realtime each time you load this page.

Laboratory data

SAVSNET now publishes important diagnostic data through tableau public. It is important to read the following text when interpreting these data.

SAVSNET collects data from diagnostic laboratories across the UK for animals being tested for a range of pathogens, both the numbers tested and the results. These data are submitted to SAVSNET along with a date and reported geographically at the level of the submitting veterinary practice postcode.

For a growing number of pathogens, and only where we think it is appropriate, we have amalgamated those tests that are broadly suggestive of current infection. For example we would typically merge data for those tests based on isolation and those based on PCR. We do not include data from serology.

If you are concerned about the health of your own pet, it is always best to seek advice from your veterinarian – SAVSNET can not offer advice on an individual animals health.

How to use the site

We recommend opening the tableau visulation in a separate tab. To do so, please click here.

Use the drop down menus to configure the page. You can click on the map to select regions of interest either singularly or multiple (click the triangle in map key). Most pathogens are host specific so generally the species drop down is not needed. However, for Bordetella, herpes and parvo it is best to choose the species of interest. Finally for parvovirus, it is best to select both FPV (feline parvovirus / panleukopenia) and PARVO as the pathogen and CAT as the species if you are interested in cats. Similarly for dogs, select both CPV (canine parvovirus) and PARVO from the pathogen list and DOG from the species list. This is to account for the different way individual labs refer to their tests.  CAV = canine adenovirus. CDV = canine distemper virus. FCV = feline calicivirus. FELV = feline leukemia virus. FHV = feline herpesvirus.

We recommend opening the tableau visulation in a separate tab. To do so, please click here

Disclaimers

Whilst SAVSNET collects data from many of the largest laboratories in the UK, it is not all, and so these results should not be considered to represent all diagnosed infections in the UK.

Of course we can only report results for those animals that attend a vet, and where the vet submits a sample to a participating laboratory.

Whilst we believe we have data from the majority of UK practices, we can not formally say it is representative – it may contain hidden biases.

Changes in numbers of animals tested may represent an actual increase, or possibly where a new lab has joined SAVSNET.

The date used for samples can vary between laboratories (variably sample collection date, sample submission date, sample receipt date or result data) – we treat these synonymously as they are generally with a few days of each other).

There are very few standardised testing methods in companion animals.

We have made every effort to ensure these infographics give an accurate representation of the data we receive. Their use and interpretation is however not the responsibility of the SAVSNET team. They are best used by veterinarians to inform local decisions about disease control.

Acknowledgements

SAVSNET is extremely grateful to the participating laboratories, without whose kind participation and collaboration, these data could not be made available.

We are also indebted to Andrew Brogan and colleagues in the Universities Computing Services Department for helping establish our first Tableau Public presence.

If you use these data, we would ask you to apply the following acknowledgement. “These data are generated by SAVSNET. Any interpretation of these data provided alongside is not from SAVSNET”.

Feedback

We welcome your feedback. Please send to savsnet@liverpool.ac.uk.

 

Veterinary practice data

SAVSNET collects electronic health data in real-time from some 500 veterinary sites across the UK.  All of the consults have been coded by veterinary practitioners, selecting the main reason the animal was brought to the veterinary practice.

Image showing a map and metrics of SAVSNET data

To see the real-time incoming data from veterinary practices, click here

You are able to see a map showing incoming data and by clicking on the markers, you will see the reason chosen by the veterinary practitioner as to why the animal was taken to the practice.  This is done through the SAVSNET window which you can see in the bottom right hand corner.  In this dashboard, you can also see trends in syndromes over the last seven days as well as a breakdown of reasons to see the vet and ages of pets.  The consult and time counters show how many consults we have received data from today and show the total amount of time all vets have spent interacting with the SAVSNET window.  We will embed the dashboard in this webpage but for now it can be accessed easily through the link above.