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New national database aims to aid veterinary education...

Not for profit research project, VetCompass Austraila, is being launched by the University of Sydney and Royal Veterinary College in the United Kingdom.

There is a current absence of a national database to track companion animals such as cats, dogs, and horses, but that’s all about to change with a new program.

The Veterinary Companion Animal Surveillance System will record diseases and disorders in Australian pets. The initiative is to aid veterinary education and aims to get a “grip on what animals are presenting in clinic with and what treatments actually work," Professor Paul McGreevy, project leader and clinical vet, said.

The database will collate large quantities of information and group them together in hope to monitor important aspects of medicine by keeping it "under surveillance”.

"If we program the software the right way, clusters of animals with neurological signs could set off alarm bells."

270 vet clinics are already on board with the program; the official launch date however has not been set yet by VetCompass Australia.

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