Veterinary Informatics Project

Animal and human health are connected. For example, zoonoses (animal diseases that can be transmitted to humans) such as Anthrax and H1N1 (bird) flu are significant threats to public health. Thus, monitoring animal health is  increasingly important. Properly implemented veterinary electronic medical records (vEMRs) can help monitor for outbreaks and track important trends. However, we do not know how vEMRs are used, which features are implemented. Further, we do not know the reasons that veterinarians implement vEMRs or the barriers that prevent them from doing so. Thus, we will conduct a survey of randomly selected veterinary practices. 

The survey instrument is largely developed. All that remains is mailing, collecting, compiling and analyzing the data.

A student with a background in veterinary medicine would be ideal.

If interested, please contact:

Dr. Elmer Bernstam
Professor of Health Information Sciences and Internal Medicine
School of Biomedical Informatics
University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston
7000 Fannin Street, Suite 600, Houston, TX 77030
ph. 713-500-3927