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Factors influencing veterinary surgeons’ decision-making about dairy cattle vaccination

Richens, I.F.; Hobson-West, Pru; Brennan, Marnie L.; Hood, Z.; Kaler, Jasmeet; Green, M.; Wright, N.; Wapenaar, Wendela

Authors

I.F. Richens

Marnie L. Brennan

Z. Hood

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

M. Green

N. Wright

Wendela Wapenaar wendela.wapenaar@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

The use of vaccines in the cattle industry is widespread; however, there is limited published guidance for use by decision-makers such as farmers and vets. To best support vets in advising dairy farmers on the optimisation of vaccination strategies, it is important to understand how and why vets make decisions about recommending the vaccination of cattle. The objective of this study was to explore in-depth farm animal vets’ motivators and barriers to the implementation of vaccination strategies on British dairy farms. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 15 vets. Results indicated that vets have a positive attitude towards the use of vaccination and have few barriers to advising its implementation. Vets appear to group farmers into three ‘character types’. This characterisation influences the vet–farmer relationship and how the vet communicates with the farmer. Vets required evidence of disease or a risk of disease as a motivator to advise vaccination. However, this seemed to be sometimes overruled by a risk-averse attitude; resulting in vaccination being advised ‘just in case’. Crucially, the need for resources to support and build on the vet–farmer relationship is highlighted as an area requiring further exploration in order to optimise vaccination strategies on farm.

Citation

Richens, I., Hobson-West, P., Brennan, M. L., Hood, Z., Kaler, J., Green, M., …Wapenaar, W. (in press). Factors influencing veterinary surgeons’ decision-making about dairy cattle vaccination. Veterinary Record, 179(16), https://doi.org/10.1136/vr.103822

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 19, 2016
Online Publication Date Sep 14, 2016
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 179
Issue 16
DOI https://doi.org/10.1136/vr.103822
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/38738
Publisher URL http://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/content/179/16/410
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information Copyright © 2016 British Veterinary Association

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