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.



  • 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.