Canine Cruciate Registry to let vets share surgery insights

Canine Cruciate Registry to let vets share surgery insights

A free anonymised tool has been launched by RCVS Knowledge to build data and information on canine cruciate surgery, letting vets share techniques and gain a better insight into patient care and recovery.

The Canine Cruciate Registry is designed to inform decision-making through the engagement of both surgeons and dog owners.

The CCR gathers data by generating a series of questionnaires to be completed by vets and owners over the course of the dog’s care, and afterwards to monitor their long-term progress.

Veterinary orthopaedic surgeon Mark Morton, who is the clinical lead for the RCVS Knowledge Canine Cruciate Registry, said: “Thanks to several years of hard work and development from a group of vets across the UK and the team at RCVS Knowledge, I am delighted that the Canine Cruciate Registry is now up and running.

“We want to work with as many vets and dog owners as possible, we want to know about complications, we want to know about different techniques and how dogs recover so we can build a knowledge base for vets around the world to improve the quality of care they provide.

“As vets, it’s our job to advise owners on treatments options, as well as what can go wrong with those treatment options and how often these potential complications may occur.

“I invite all vets in the UK as well as owners caring for dogs having cruciate surgery to join us and help improve outcomes for all patients in the future.”

Injury to the cruciate ligament is one of the most common causes of lameness and the most common type of orthopaedic problem in dogs, affecting about 1 in every 200 dogs in the UK each year. and Chair of the RCVS Knowledge Board of Trustees, Amanda Boag hailed the potential for “developing quality improvement initiatives”.

She added: “I applaud the vision of the surgeons in setting this registry up and am keen to see how the same approach can be applied in other common disease conditions.”

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