About Us

VetCompass is a software application that automatically harvests de-identified clinical records from veterinary practices into a centralised repository. Researchers can then analyse these data to investigate the frequency and distribution of health problems seen by veterinary surgeons working in general practice and to identify risk factors for those problems. This project will bring big data benefits and epidemiology expertise to the companion animal and equine sectors of veterinary science and patient care.


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VetCompass Australia has the generous support of all of Australia’s veterinary schools: the University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, University of Adelaide, University of Queensland, Murdoch University, Charles Sturt University and James Cook University. These schools formed a consortium that succeeded in securing Australian Research Council funding to establish the program in 2016, and will continue to manage the project into the future. Meet the Team to find out more about the people involved in this project.

Upcoming VCA Board meetings are scheduled as follows.

  • 17 October 2023
  • 12 November 2023
  • 6 December 2023
  • 7 December 2023

VetCompass was started at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in London, UK in 2007, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Sydney. To date the project includes data from nearly 6 million different animals, and has been able to investigate a wide range of diseases, conditions and risk factors. We are pleased to be working closely with the team in the UK on this project.

We gratefully acknowledge the valuable support of the Centre for Veterinary Education, the Australian Veterinary Association, the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, the RSPCA and the Australian Research Data Commons.