AWF sponsorship of SAVSNET activity 2016-17


AWF Research Fund



Research period


Area of study

Companion Animals







The Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET), an initiative of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association and the University of Liverpool which started in 2008, aims to:

• monitor disease trends over time and highlight appropriate interventions
• identify populations at risk and monitor treatments and outcomes
• provide data resources for academics and others
• improve general public awareness of small animal diseases and prevention
• provide a route to clinical benchmarking for vets in small animal practice

The Animal Welfare Foundation sponsored SAVSNET’s activity from 2016 to 2017. The aim of the funding was to support the SAVSNET core team and allow them to continue developing SAVSNET as a go-to veterinary health informatics research resource.

Over the course of the year SAVSNET recruited two new members of staff, set up two new international collaborations, started 15 research projects, published four scientific papers, and delivered seven conference presentations.


Published papers acknowledging AWF support

Patterns of antimicrobial agent prescription in a sentinel population of canine and feline veterinary practices in the United Kingdom

The passive surveillance of ticks using companion animal electronic health records

Canine babesiosis and tick activity monitored using companion animal electronic health records in the UK