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Clinical audit in farm animal veterinary practice: Part 1: preparing for audit (2018)
Journal Article
Waine, K., Dean, R., Hudson, C., & Brennan, M. (2018). Clinical audit in farm animal veterinary practice: Part 1: preparing for audit. In Practice, 40(8), 360-364. doi:10.1136/inp.k3950

This article, the first in a two-part series providing practical advice for practitioners on carrying out clinical audits, discusses the preparation and initiation of clinical audit in farm animal practice. In the second article, to be published in a... Read More

A cross-sectional study of experiences and attitudes towards clinical audit of farm animal veterinary surgeons in the United Kingdom (2018)
Journal Article
Waine, K., Dean, R., Hudson, C., Huxley, J., & Brennan, M. (2018). A cross-sectional study of experiences and attitudes towards clinical audit of farm animal veterinary surgeons in the United Kingdom. Veterinary Sciences, 5, (84). doi:10.3390/vetsci5040084. ISSN 2306-7381

Clinical audit is a quality improvement tool used to assess and improve the clinical services provided to patients. This is the first study to investigate the extent to which clinical audit is understood and utilised in farm animal veterinary practic... Read More

Measuring the success of canine and feline preventative healthcare consultations: a systematic review (2018)
Journal Article
Robinson, N., Belshaw, Z., Brennan, M. L., & Dean, R. S. (2018). Measuring the success of canine and feline preventative healthcare consultations: a systematic review. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 158, (18-24). doi:10.1016/j.prevetmed.2018.07.005. ISSN 0167-5877

Preventative healthcare consultations account for a large proportion of the veterinary caseload. This novel study is the first to methodically review all literature on canine and feline preventative healthcare consultations. Previous research has fo... Read More

Key actors in driving behavioural change in relation to on-farm biosecurity; a Northern Ireland perspective (2018)
Journal Article
Lahuerta-Marin, A., Brennan, M., Finney, G., O’Hagan, M., & Jack, C. (in press). Key actors in driving behavioural change in relation to on-farm biosecurity; a Northern Ireland perspective. Irish Veterinary Journal, 71(1), doi:10.1186/s13620-018-0125-1. ISSN 2046-0481

Background: Agriculture and farming are valued contributors to local economy in Northern Ireland (NI). There is limited knowledge about farmers’ behaviours and attitudes towards disease biosecurity measures. As part of a larger project, a scenario-ba... Read More

Variation in the reported management of canine prolapsed nictitans gland and feline herpetic keratitis (2018)
Journal Article
White, C., Jones, G., Baker, S., Dean, R., & Brennan, M. (2018). Variation in the reported management of canine prolapsed nictitans gland and feline herpetic keratitis. Veterinary Sciences, 5(2), doi:10.3390/vetsci5020054. ISSN 2306-7381

Treatment variation in medicine may be driven by evidence gaps, clinician factors, and patient preferences. Although well-documented in human medicine, variation in clinical management is relatively unexplored in veterinary practice. Clinical vignett... Read More

Motivators and barriers for dog and cat owners and veterinary surgeons in the United Kingdom to using preventative medicines (2018)
Journal Article
Belshaw, Z., Robinson, N. J., Dean, R. S., & Brennan, M. L. (2018). Motivators and barriers for dog and cat owners and veterinary surgeons in the United Kingdom to using preventative medicines. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 154, doi:10.1016/j.prevetmed.2018.03.020. ISSN 0167-5877

Routine use of preventative medicines is advocated as part of responsible dog and cat ownership. However, it has been suggested that the number of owners in the United Kingdom (UK) using preventative medicines to protect their pets is in decline. The... Read More

Owners and veterinary surgeons in the United Kingdom disagree about what should happen during a small animal vaccination consultation (2018)
Journal Article
Belshaw, Z., Robinson, N. J., Dean, R. S., & Brennan, M. L. (2018). Owners and veterinary surgeons in the United Kingdom disagree about what should happen during a small animal vaccination consultation. Veterinary Sciences, 5(1), doi:10.3390/vetsci5010007. ISSN 2306-7381

Dog and cat vaccination consultations are a common part of small animal practice in the United Kingdom. Few data are available describing what happens during those consultations or what participants think about their content. The aim of this novel st... Read More

Quantitative outcomes of a One Health approach to study global health challenges (2018)
Journal Article
Falzon, L. C., Lechner, I., Chantziaras, I., Collineau, L., Courcoul, A., Filippitzi, M., …Brennan, M. L. (2018). Quantitative outcomes of a One Health approach to study global health challenges. EcoHealth, 15(1), 209-227. doi:10.1007/s10393-017-1310-5

Having gained momentum in the last decade, the One Health initiative promotes a holistic approach to address complex global health issues. Before recommending its adoption to stakeholders, however, it is paramount to first compile quantitative eviden... Read More

Veterinarian nominated common conditions of rabbits and guinea pigs compared with published literature (2017)
Journal Article
Robinson, N. J., Lyons, E., Grindlay, D., & Brennan, M. L. (in press). Veterinarian nominated common conditions of rabbits and guinea pigs compared with published literature. Veterinary Sciences, 4(4), doi:10.3390/vetsci4040058. ISSN 2306-7381

Rabbits and guinea pigs are increasingly popular pets in the UK, yet little is known about their common ailments, or how these relate to what appears in the published literature. The aim of this study was to characterise the common conditions of rabb... Read More

Sponsorship bias and quality of randomised controlled trials in veterinary medicine (2017)
Journal Article
Wareham, K., Hyde, R., Grindlay, D. J., Brennan, M. L., & Dean, R. S. (in press). Sponsorship bias and quality of randomised controlled trials in veterinary medicine. BMC Veterinary Research, 13(234), doi:10.1186/s12917-017-1146-9. ISSN 1746-6148

Background: Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are considered the gold standard form of evidence for assessing treatment efficacy, but many factors can influence their reliability including methodological quality, reporting quality and funding sourc... Read More

Opinions of UK rescue shelter and rehoming center workers on the problems facing their industry (2017)
Journal Article
Stavisky, J., Brennan, M. L., Downes, M. J., & Dean, R. S. (in press). Opinions of UK rescue shelter and rehoming center workers on the problems facing their industry. Anthrozoös, 30(3), doi:10.1080/08927936.2017.1326677. ISSN 0892-7936

Animal shelters exist worldwide to care for and rehome unwanted or straying pets. Previous studies have examined why owners breed unwanted animals, or relinquish their pets to shelters. However, the views of shelter workers, who receive and care for... Read More