The revolutionary RCVS Knowledge Canine Cruciate Registry (CCR) celebrates the two-year anniversary of its launch this week, defying expectations that it wouldn’t be used by practitioners or owners in the UK.

“When we first launched the registry, we didn’t know how engaged owners would be with such a novel initiative in the veterinary world, but actually, we’ve exceeded expectations and have had over 750 owners reporting on cruciate surgeries. They have completed nearly 10,000 questionnaires which highlights a real enthusiasm for helping to monitor their pet’s recovery from cruciate surgery, and at the same time drive evidence-based veterinary medicine. This data will be great for our first report, which will be released in Autumn,” said Mark Morton, Clinical Lead of the CCR.

As it grows further in the coming months and years, this bank of data will continue to provide invaluable insight into the effectiveness of different surgical techniques for specific breeds and ultimately help improve patient care.

As part of the anniversary celebrations, we are delighted to announce the top contributors for the CCR, celebrating those that have embedded the registry into their ways of working, and submitted the most data.

The top contributors to the registry for 2023, having submitted the most data over the last 12 months, are:

  • Gold- Ross Allan BVMS PGCertSAS MRCVS
  • Silver – Heather Eastham BVMS PGCertSAS MRCVS
  • Bronze – Kate O’Sullivan MVB MSc CertSAS MRCVS

After receiving his gold award for his outstanding contribution to the CCR in 2022-23, Ross Allan said: “The Canine Cruciate Registry is a fantastic project to take part in. As a practice we understand its importance, as a team we value it, and clients like to take part. Clients like that through contributing, they’ll be able to help improve our management of cruciate disease in other pets in the future.”

When the first Annual Report is released in the autumn, practitioners that have already contributed data will be able to compare their own results against the benchmark and see comparatively how they performed. If you haven’t already started contributing, it’s not too late. It is quick and easy to register and start adding data. It doesn’t matter what technique you use or how often you do cruciate surgery – every case you record is valuable in helping improve patient outcomes in the future.