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Canine cruciate registry

RCVS Knowledge is embarking on a project to create a canine cruciate registry (CCR). This registry will record information about the surgical management of canine cruciate ligament (CCL) ruptures. This is a common cause of lameness in dogs.

Although medical management is a treatment option, surgery is widely reported to result in better outcomes (particularly in medium to large breed dogs). Surgery is performed in up to two-thirds of diagnosed patients (Taylor-Brown et al. 2015). Surgical registries aim to improve patient outcomes and minimise complications, while identifying factors that may be associated with good or poor outcomes.

Numerous surgical techniques exist, however there is a lack of high quality evidence on the prevalence and comparative outcomes of each. Advising on surgical procedures that have the best outcome can be difficult. We are therefore aiming to gather as broad a sample as possible of accurate, up-to-date data on canine CCL techniques and outcomes. This data will be used to evaluate which surgical techniques and implants lead to improved patient outcomes and are associated with the least complications. Outcomes will be owner assessed.

What will the registry provide?

This registry will be designed to help guide veterinary surgeons’ decision making within the practice. It will provide accurate rates of success and complications that can be discussed transparently with owners and used to form a treatment plan, enhancing public trust within the sector and improving patient care.

The registry will also allow individual veterinary surgeons to perform clinical audit and compare outcomes with peers, allowing for quality improvement within the peri- and post-operative journey. Submitted data will benefit development into enhanced techniques and offer insights into the technique that would provide your patient with the best outcome. Veterinary surgeons will be able to view only their own data, though they will be able to make comparisons with anonymised data within the registry.

The success of the registry relies on the volume and accuracy of data provided. We therefore encourage all veterinary surgeons to take part in the project and to share data for the benefit of the profession and ultimately patient care.

Register your details

Please register your details to be updated about this project as it develops. We anticipate the project will launch early 2020.


RCVS Knowledge is the charity partner of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). By completing this form you are consenting to us contacting you in connection with the canine cruciate registry project. We will process your data for as long as we have your consent to do so. Your personal information will be used to update you on project developments. We are committed to the privacy of your personal information and will process your data in line with our privacy policy and the General Data Protection Regulations. Your personal information will not be shared with outside third parties and you have the right to withdraw your consent to the processing of your personal data at any time.