ACVECC-Veterinary Committee on Trauma Registry Report 2013–2017

on behalf of ACVECC's Veterinary Committee on Trauma (VetCOT) Registry Subcommittee, Maureen McMichael

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Objective: To report summative data from the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Committee on Trauma (VetCOT) registry. Design: Multi-institutional veterinary trauma registry data report. Setting: VetCOT identified veterinary trauma centers (VTCs). Animals: Dogs and cats with evidence of trauma presented to VTCs with data entered in the VetCOT registry September 1, 2013–March 31, 2017. Interventions: VetCOT created a standardized data collection methodology for dog and cat trauma. Data were input to a web-based data capture system (REDCap) by data entry personnel trained in data software use and operational definitions of data variables. Data on demographics, trauma type (blunt vs penetrating), preadmission care, hospitalization and intensive care requirement, trauma severity assessment at presentation (eg, modified Glasgow coma scale and animal trauma triage score), key laboratory parameters, necessity for surgical intervention, and case outcome were collected. Summary descriptive data for each species are reported. Measurements and Main Results: Twenty-nine VTCs in North America, Europe, and Australia contributed information from 17,335 dog and 3,425 cat trauma cases during the 42-month reporting period. A large majority of cases presented directly to the VTC after injury (80.4% dogs and 78.1% cats). Blunt trauma was the most common source for injury in cats (56.7%); penetrating trauma was the most common source for injury in dogs (52.3%). Note that 43.8% of dogs and 36.2% of cats were reported to have surgery performed. The proportion surviving to discharge was 92.0% (dogs) and 82.5% (cats). Conclusions: The VetCOT registry proved to be a powerful resource for collection of a large dataset on trauma in dogs and cats seen at VTCs. While overall survival to discharge was quite high, further evaluation of data on subsets of injury types, patient assessment parameters, interventions, and associated outcome are warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)497-502
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2018


  • CNS disorders
  • critical care
  • epidemiology
  • head trauma
  • neurology
  • small animal
  • study design and data analysis
  • surgery
  • trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Veterinary


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