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Survey of the UK veterinary profession: common species and conditions nominated by veterinarians in practice

Nielsen, T.D.; Dean, Rachel S.; Robinson, N.J.; Massey, A.; Brennan, Marnie L.

Authors

T.D. Nielsen

Rachel S. Dean

N.J. Robinson

A. Massey

Marnie L. Brennan



Abstract

The practice of evidence-based veterinary medicine involves the utilisation of scientific evidence for clinical decision making. To enable this, research topics pertinent to clinical practice need to be identified, and veterinary clinicians are best placed to do this. The main aim of this study was to describe the veterinary population, the common species and conditions veterinary clinicians nominated they saw in practice and how much information clinicians perceived was available in the literature for these. A questionnaire was distributed to all Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons registered veterinarians agreeing to be contacted for research purposes (n=14,532). A useable response rate of 33 per cent (4842/14,532) was achieved. The most commonly seen species reported by vets were dogs, cats and rabbits followed by equines and cattle. Overall, skin conditions were most commonly mentioned for small animals, musculoskeletal conditions for equines and reproduction conditions for production animals. Veterinary clinicians perceived there was a higher level of information available in the literature for conditions in dogs, cattle and equines and lower levels for rabbits and guinea pigs. The results from this study can be used to help define the research needs of the profession to aid the incorporation of evidence in veterinary practice.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Veterinary Record
Print ISSN 0042-4900
Electronic ISSN 2042-7670
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 174
Issue 13
APA6 Citation Nielsen, T., Dean, R. S., Robinson, N., Massey, A., & Brennan, M. L. (in press). Survey of the UK veterinary profession: common species and conditions nominated by veterinarians in practice. Veterinary Record, 174(13), https://doi.org/10.1136/vr.101745
DOI https://doi.org/10.1136/vr.101745
Publisher URL http://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/content/174/13/324
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0

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