Vetmetrica is the brand name for NewMetrica’s portfolio of structured questionnaire instruments to measure HRQL in animals.
A valid, reliable and responsive, web – based, generic HRQL instrument has been developed for use with dogs. This takes the form of a structured questionnaire developed by a team of internationally respected academics and veterinary clinicians, based on 15 years of research and clinical experience in animal pain and welfare management at the University of Glasgow.
The questionnaire is completed quickly and easily online by the owner at home and the resulting individual HRQL profile across four domains of QOL (energy, happiness, comfort and calmness) can be compared with that of age matched healthy dogs.
Applications include routine wellness monitoring of individual dogs, monitoring of disease progression and efficacy of treatment and decision making at end of life, as well as providing a primary outcome measure in regulatory drug trials (21 CFR 11 compliant) and post-marketing trials.
A web – based generic HRQL instrument for cats, with a ‘bolt on’ disease specific module to measure the impact of osteoarthritis in cats, is currently under development and will be available in the first quarter of 2017.
A paper-based instrument to measure HRQL in farmed pigs was developed in 2011. Once converted to a digital platform its applications will include measurement of pig welfare at individual and herd level, training of stock workers and for use as an outcome measure in clinical trials.