Companion animal and equine health surveillance

Development of a national veterinary practice-based companion animal and equine health surveillance system that enables key clinical data to be collected automatically from commercial practice management software. The data is uploaded into a centralised database in near real-time through secure electronic transfer systems.  A customised suite of data analysis and visualisation tools will be developed that allows users to easily explore animal health trends while maintaining the confidentiality of animal owners and their veterinarians.

The project is carried out in collaboration with colleagues the Royal Veterinary College, London, who pioneered the VetCompass system. A first pilot study has been successfully completed in 2015.

Publications:

  • "Evidence in Practice – A Pilot Study Leveraging Companion Animal and Equine Health Data from Primary Care Veterinary Clinics in New Zealand." Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 2016.
     
  • Muellner P, Pearce T, Muellner U. Using primary care data to provide biosecurity intelligence and surveillance data for the New Zealand equine industry. Proceedings of the 15th Symposium of the International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (ISVEE), Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2018.
     
  • Pearce T, Muellner PMuellner U. Utilising opportunistic primary care data for equine disease surveillance in New Zealand. Proceedings of the 15th Symposium of the International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (ISVEE), Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2018.
     
  • Pearce T, Muellner P, Gates C, Muellner U. Equine primary care data surveillance in New Zealand – a dream come reality? New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand, June 2018.
     
  • Muellner P, Pearce T, Gates C, Muellner U.  Count your horses – towards real-time surveillance of equine health in New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) Science Week, Surfer’s Paradise, Australia, 2017.
     
  • Pearce T, Muellner P, Gates MC, Ahlstrom CMuellner U. Horse power: establishing equine primary-care data surveillance in New Zealand. International Conference for Animal Health Surveillance (ICAHS 3), Rotorua, New Zealand, April 2017.

Presentations:

  • Muellner P, Gates C, Muellner U, Pearce T, Ahlstrom C, Cave N. It’s the interface, stupid: engaging veterinarians to provide data for practice data-based surveillance in equines and companion animals. Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) Science Week, Surfer’s Paradise, Australia, 2016.