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Stakeholder opinion-led study to identify canine priority diseases for surveillance and control in the UK.

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Tamayo Cuartero, Carmen  ORCID logo
Radford, Alan D 
Szilassy, Eszter 
Newton, J Richard 
Sánchez-Vizcaíno, Fernando 


BACKGROUND: Many pathogens cause disease in dogs; however, meaningful surveillance in small companion animals is often only possible for the most impactful diseases. We describe the first stakeholder opinion-led approach to identify which canine infectious diseases should be prioritised for inclusion in surveillance and control strategies in the UK. METHODS: Participants were identified through a stakeholder analysis. A multicriteria decision analysis was undertaken to establish and weight epidemiological criteria for evaluating diseases, and a Delphi technique was employed to achieve a consensus among participants on the top-priority canine diseases. RESULTS: Nineteen stakeholders from multiple backgrounds participated in this study. Leptospirosis and parvovirus were identified as the top two endemic diseases of concern, while leishmaniosis and babesiosis were the top two exotic diseases. Respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases were identified as the top two syndromes of concern. LIMITATIONS: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of participants was reduced. Despite this, a representative multidisciplinary sample of relevant stakeholders contributed to the present study. CONCLUSIONS: Findings from this study are being used to inform the development of a future UK-wide epidemic response strategy. This methodology could provide a blueprint for other countries.


Funder: Dogs Trust


canine infectious diseases, disease prioritisation, disease surveillance, multicriteria decision analysis, stakeholder participation, Animals, Dogs, Health Priorities, Pandemics, Leptospirosis, Dog Diseases, United Kingdom, Delphi Technique

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