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Farmers’ perception of the role of veterinary surgeons in vaccination strategies on British dairy farms

Richens, I.F.; Hobson-West, Pru; Brennan, Marnie L.; Lowton, R.; Kaler, Jasmeet; Wapenaar, Wendela

Authors

I.F. Richens

Marnie L. Brennan

R. Lowton

JASMEET KALER JASMEET.KALER@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Professor of Epidemiology & Precision Livestock Informatics

Wendela Wapenaar wendela.wapenaar@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

There is limited research investigating the motivators and barriers to vaccinating dairy cattle. Veterinary surgeons have been identified as important sources of information for farmers making vaccination and disease control decisions, as well as being farmers’ preferred vaccine suppliers. Vets’ perception of their own role and communication style can be at odds with farmers’ reported preferences. The objective of this study was to investigate how dairy farmers perceived the role of vets in implementing vaccination strategies on their farm. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 24 dairy farmers from across Britain. The data were analysed using thematic analysis. Analysis revealed that farmers perceive vets to have an important role in facilitating decision-making in all aspects of vaccination, including the aspects of vaccine distribution and advice on implementation. This important role is acknowledged by farmers who have regular veterinary contact, but also farmers with solely emergency veterinary contact. Given this finding, future work should investigate the attitudes of vets towards vaccination and how they perceive their role. Combining this knowledge will enable optimisation of vaccination strategies on British dairy farms.

Citation

Richens, I., Hobson-West, P., Brennan, M. L., Lowton, R., Kaler, J., & Wapenaar, W. (in press). Farmers’ perception of the role of veterinary surgeons in vaccination strategies on British dairy farms. Veterinary Record, 177(18), https://doi.org/10.1136/vr.103415

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 29, 2015
Online Publication Date Nov 3, 2015
Deposit Date Nov 15, 2016
Publicly Available Date Nov 15, 2016
Journal Veterinary Record
Print ISSN 0042-4900
Electronic ISSN 2042-7670
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 177
Issue 18
DOI https://doi.org/10.1136/vr.103415
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/38744
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/vr.103415
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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