Funding for this research was provided by:
Elizabeth Blackwell Institute (R105121-142)
Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (204813/Z/16/Z)
Received: 6 October 2020
Accepted: 30 January 2021
First Online: 10 March 2021
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Ethics approval for the use of the VetCompass data was obtained from the RVC Ethics and Welfare Committee (reference SR2018–1652). Ethics approval for VPG data use was obtained from Cardiff School of Biosciences School Research Ethics Committee (SREC 20 05–01) and the University of Bristol Animal Welfare Ethical Review Body (Veterinary Investigation Number VIN/20/031). Owner identifiable information from VPG Histology or VetCompass was not shared with researchers, and all analysis and reporting was anonymised. Nevertheless, owner consent for inclusion of clinical records from their animals was verbally obtained for VPG Histology in a manner approved by the ethics committee. Owners of dogs in the VetCompass datasets gave consent for anonymised clinical data on these dogs to be shared with VetCompass.
: The RVC have approved submission of this manuscript.
: The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.