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Demographics of dogs, cats, and rabbits attending veterinary practices in Great Britain

F. Sánchez-Vizcaíno, P. J. M. Noble, P. H. Jones, T. Menacere, I. Buchan, S. Reynolds and others

Understanding demographic variation within pet poulations is critical to reducing disease risk, predicting the possible effects of interventions and assisting with the design of personalised pet health plans. For pets, these data have been difficult to collect because of the distributed nature of the companion animal veterinary industry.

The objective of this study was to use electronic health records (EHRs) collected by the Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET), which collects anonymised EHRs from veterinary surgeons in practice and commercial diagnostic laboratories throughout the UK, to describe the demographics of a diverse veterinary-visiting population of companion animals across England, Scotland and Wales. Associations between a range of animal characteristics and the socioeconomic status relative to the location of its owner were also investigated.

EHRs were captured by SAVSNET from 143 practices (329 sites) in Great Britain over one year. The EHRs were collected from consultations where a booked appointment was made to see a veterinary surgeon or nurse, and included the date the animal was seen, anonymous identifiers for each practice, premise and animal, the animal …

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