Understanding the API Results

For search queries (such as: https://api.fda.gov/animalandveterinary/event.json?search=original_receive_date:20131218&limit=1), the results section includes matching adverse events reports returned by the API.

Each adverse events report consists of these major sections:

  • Header: General information about the adverse event.
  • Animal Information: Details on the animal that experienced the event, such as breed, weight, sex, etc.
  • Drugs: Information on the drugs taken while the event was experienced.
  • Reactions: Information on the reactions experienced by the patient.

For count queries (such as: https://api.fda.gov/animalandveterinary/event.json?count=primary_reporter), the results section will look something like the following:

[
  {
    "term": "other",
    "count": 527983
  },
  {
    "term": "owner",
    "count": 145689
  },
  {
    "term": "animal",
    "count": 145689
  },
  {
    "term": "veterinarian",
    "count": 98654
  },
  {
    "term": "professional",
    "count": 29258
  },
  {
    "term": "health",
    "count": 29258
  },
  {
    "term": "care",
    "count": 29258
  },
  {
    "term": "patient",
    "count": 1516
  },
  {
    "term": "unknown",
    "count": 100
  },
  {
    "term": "physician",
    "count": 45
  }
]