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28th April 2021  Editorial by: rapidvirology staff writer

SAVSNET Release First Report on Canine Parvovirus

A report on the number of canine parvovirus cases between Jan 2019-Jan 2021 has recently been published by the Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET) in the British Veterinary Association Journal.;

The study was carried out after several social media reports of a possible increase in parvovirus diagnosis in the NW of England.

The report noted that out of 4286 dogs tested for parvovirus using qPCR, 7.4% were positive.

Dr. PJ noble, who lead the study, explained the results: "The percentage of canine samples testing positive for parvovirus was broadly consistent over this time, generally between 5 and 10 percent per month. While April and May 2020 did exceed this typical range, figures now appear to have returned to within the normal range. There also appears to be a gradual increase in both the number of parvovirus tests performed and the number of animals testing positive, reaching a peak in December 2020. Whether this represents a change in testing policy or an increase in parvovirus cases in the wider population will need to be monitored."

The COVID-19 lockdown is also said to affect the study, with fewer owners presenting their dogs to clinics, with more rapid testing carried out instead. "Such rapid methods will not be 100% accurate and are likely to include false positives," commented Noble.


Following completion of the pilot phase of the project (2008-2011), SAVSNET Ltd. was formed as a joint venture between the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and the University of Liverpool.

In April 2016, SAVSNET was awarded £700k from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to expand its database of UK pet health records and support more ‘big data’ research into animal and human diseases.

Previously a partnership between BSAVA and the University of Liverpool, the SAVSNET project is now solely run by the University.  SAVSNET Ltd was dissolved in November 2017. To facilitate ongoing collaboration with BSAVA, SAVSNET now operates under a license agreement between the two parties.



Date Published: 28th April 2021

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