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  • The International Partnership for Dogs

    The International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) is a non-profit organization leading a global, multi-stakeholder effort to enhance dog health, well-being, and welfare.

  • ~ VetCompass ~

      VetCompass shares and analyses veterinary clinical information to understand the disorders and improve the welfare of companion animals. Effective systems for the generation, sharing and application of reliable evidence are critical to improve the health of dogs. VetCompass is delighted to formally support and collaborate with the IPFD and DogWellNet which are critical elements in the international effort to better understand and enhance the lives of dogs worldwide.

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      Brief Bio: VetCompass shares and analyses veterinary clinical information to understand the disorders and improve the welfare of companion animals.

      About Us:

      4th International Dog Health Workshop Poster


      "VetCompass is an international initiative focused on companion animal health
      The Veterinary Companion Animal Surveillance System (VetCompass) is a not-for-profit research project prioritising companion animal welfare. The Royal Veterinary College (RVC), in collaboration with the University of Sydney, is undertaking an ongoing study of companion animal disorders. We aim to investigate the range and frequency of small animal health problems seen by veterinary surgeons and highlight major risk factors for these conditions." Learn more about the VetCompass Vision.


      VetCompass works and for veterinarians (see and Dog Owners (


      "Progress so far
      A VetCompass pilot project ran from 2007-2009 across a small number of veterinary practices in the UK. Information gathered was used to report on antibiotic and glucocorticoid use in companion animal practice.


      The VetCompass project has rapidly expanded and exceeded 1.5 million unique animals in July 2014. Projects have used VetCompass data to study conditions as diverse as epilepsy, cancer and heart disease. Results from these studies have been published in peer reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences. The output from these and future VetCompass research projects will increasingly benefit animal welfare.


      In 2013, an international collaboration with colleagues at the University of Sydney was launched. 'VetCompass Australia' aims to apply the UK VetCompass approach to companion animal health data collection for disease monitoring and surveillance across Australia."


      VetCompass Winter 2015 Newsletter
      The VetCompass Winter 2015 newsletter summarises some of the recent activities and successes of the VetCompass Programme:  VetCompass Winter newsletter 2015.pdf


      2022... See Research Papers listed under numerous headings...



      Based with The Royal Veterinary College
      In collaboration with various academic and other Supporters:

      Our People:

      Leader of the VetCompass team is Dr. Dan O'Neill.


      Dr. O'Neill's position is supported by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust (


      See more VetCompass Team information and contacts online at

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    Signature Work



    Our Platform - is the online platform for IPFD and is a curated information hub as well as housing resources to support actions by IPFD and its Partners and Collaborators.





    International Dog Health Workshops



    The IPFD's signature events, the IDHWs bring together decision makers from professional, regulatory, national and regional, welfare and other organisations that are stakeholders in dog health, well-being and welfare and human-dog interactions under the tagline 'From Information and Collaboration to Action'.





    Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Database



    The HGTD Database catalogs information provided voluntarily from genetic test providers (GTPs) including information on their company and services, quality measures and expertise, tests offered and more. We are continually engaging more GTP participants. IPFD has collated and assembled existing and new resources for genetic counselling and education; and provided the foundation for further developments.





    Breeds Database



    As of March 2023, our Pedigree Dogs Database lists 183 breeds: information includes breed standards, population data, club newsletters, breed databases, videos and much, much more. Sections on Native Breeds and Additional Resources including Agria Breed Profiles, Globally Relevant Integrated Health Profile (GRIHP) articles which describe the Big Picture of health on (all) conditions that are of interest within a breed GRIHP and associated IPFD WSAVA Meet the Breed articles are available. Many thanks to breed experts and clubs for sharing information on their breed with the Community.



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