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Veterinary Emerging Topics (VET)™ reports

Sharing important insights into veterinary care

Made possible through a partnership between the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) and Banfield®, our Veterinary Emerging Topics (VET)™ reports combine the power of Banfield’s extensive access to data with open, solution-based dialogue to help improve patient outcomes.


The 2023 Veterinary Emerging Topics (VET)™ report:

The impact of Big Data in veterinary medicine

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Thanks to digital technologies and sophisticated analytical techniques, we can collect and process larger amounts of more diverse data faster than before. This report presents several examples of how Banfield uses data to impact veterinary healthcare for the entire profession.

  • Identifying risk factors for anesthesia-related mortality led to the development of medical quality standards to make anesthetic procedures safer for pets.
  • Modeling renal disease enabled the identification of at-risk pets, facilitating early detection and increasing time for intervention.
  • Analyzing rare adverse reactions to vaccines helped us to recognize risk factors so teams can tailor their care to minimize each pet’s risk.
  • Comparing antimicrobial usage with new industry guidelines showed where we can modify practices to ensure the future efficacy of these agents. 

Each of these insights was fueled by Big Data. More than three million pets visit Banfield’s 1,000+ locations every year. Although the scale of Banfield’s data is unique, the knowledge it yields can be applied across the profession.

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Download previous Veterinary Emerging Topics (VET)™ reports

2022 report: Domains of quality
Implementing safety and quality improvements in veterinary medicine

2021 report: Pet obesity and arthritis

2020 report: Overweight pets
Let’s talk before the problem gets any bigger

2019 report: When age is not the culprit
Opportunities to improve outcomes in arthritic pets

2018 report: Feline antimicrobial usage

2017 report: Are we doing our part to prevent superbugs?
Antimicrobial usage patterns among companion animal veterinarians

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Our veterinary science approach and team

PetWare®, our proprietary data and electronic medical records system, pushes data from all pet visits across the country to Banfield’s headquarters daily. Our dedicated team of data analysts, specialists and veterinarians then studies this data to help strengthen and improve our hospitals, and to share our findings with the veterinary community. We also pull in the latest findings from the wider profession to guide our protocols and ensure that we are at the forefront of the primary care we offer in our hospitals.

Sharing resources with the profession

Banfield is passionate about sharing our key findings with the wider profession and believes in the power of combining data with open, solution-based dialogue to help improve patient outcomes. We often share new findings at national veterinary conferences and through our industry partnerships. We also partner with veterinary colleagues and experts at several colleges on original research projects, including Iowa State University, UC Davis, Ontario Veterinary College, North Carolina State University, Purdue University, University of Minnesota and University of Liverpool.

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Part of the Mars Veterinary Health family of practices

Banfield is part of the Mars Veterinary Health family of practices, and we share key insights with our sister brands to deliver on our purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS. Together, we strive to lead the future of pet healthcare, and our collective ecosystem enables collaboration. This includes sharing data and key insights with Royal Canin, Waltham, Mars Petcare, and Wisdom Health, our veterinary sister practices.

These partnerships help us to improve the lives of pets beyond our hospital. One great example of this collaboration in action is our partnership with Wisdom Health. Through this partnership, we offer clients genetic and ancestry testing for dogs.

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