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Canine ovariohysterectomy: a survey of surgeon concerns and surgical complications encountered by newly graduated veterinarians

Blacklock, Kelly L. Bowlt; Langer, Pierre; Halfacree, Zoe; Yool, Donald A.; Corr, Sandra; Owen, Laura; Friend, Ed; Ekiri, Abel


Kelly L. Bowlt Blacklock

Pierre Langer

Zoe Halfacree

Donald A. Yool

Sandra Corr

Laura Owen

Ed Friend

Abel Ekiri


The objective of this study was to document newly qualified veterinarians’ concerns and surgical complications encountered during canine ovariohysterectomy (cOVH) during the first year of general practice. A questionnaire investigating concerns about cOVH procedures was sent to all final-year veterinary students (group 1) enrolled at five UK universities. Participants were later asked to complete a similar questionnaire 6 months (group 2) and 12 months (group 3) after graduation, which involved grading their concern about different aspects of the cOVH procedure and reporting surgical complications encountered after completing three cOVHs. Responses were compared between different time points.
There were 196 respondents in group 1, 55 in group 2, and 36 in group 3. Between groups 1 and 2, there was a statistically significant reduction in the respondents’ levels of concern in every aspect of cOVH (p < .05). Between groups 2 and 3, there was no statistically significant change in respondents’ levels of concern in any aspect of cOVH (pb.21). There was a significant reduction in the number of complications encountered by veterinarians in group 3 (39/102, 38.2%) compared to those in group 2 (117/206, 56.8%) (p ¼ .002).
Employers should anticipate high levels of concern regarding all aspects of cOVHs in new graduates, and supervision during the first 6 months may be particularly useful.


Blacklock, K. L. B., Langer, P., Halfacree, Z., Yool, D. A., Corr, S., Owen, L., …Ekiri, A. (2016). Canine ovariohysterectomy: a survey of surgeon concerns and surgical complications encountered by newly graduated veterinarians. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 43(2), doi:10.3138/jvme.0915-147R

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 15, 2016
Online Publication Date Apr 29, 2016
Publication Date Jun 17, 2016
Deposit Date Jul 28, 2017
Publicly Available Date
Journal Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
Print ISSN 0748-321X
Electronic ISSN 1943-7218
Publisher University of Toronto Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 43
Issue 2
Keywords Canine, ovariohysterectomy, complications, concerns, new graduates
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