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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

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

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

Measuring the success of specific health problem consultations in cats and dogs: a systematic review (2018)
Journal Article
Corah, L., Mossop, L., Cobb, K., & Dean, R. (in press). Measuring the success of specific health problem consultations in cats and dogs: a systematic review. Veterinary Record, doi:10.1136/vr.104759. ISSN 0042-4900

Consultations are complex interactions, are central to achieving optimal outcomes for all stakeholders, yet what constitutes a successful consultation has not been defined. The aim of this systematic review was to describe the scope of the literature... 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

Prevalence of and risk factors for FIV and FeLV infection in two shelters in the United Kingdom (2011-2012) (2017)
Journal Article
Stavisky, J., Dean, R. S., & Molloy, M. H. (in press). Prevalence of and risk factors for FIV and FeLV infection in two shelters in the United Kingdom (2011-2012). Veterinary Record, 181(17), doi:10.1136/vr.103857. ISSN 0042-4900

The aims of this study were to determine the prevalence of feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infections in cats presented to two RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) animal rehoming centre... 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

Evaluating veterinary practitioner perceptions of communication skills and training (2017)
Journal Article
McDermott, M., Cobb, M., Tischler, V., Robbé, I., & Dean, R. S. (2017). Evaluating veterinary practitioner perceptions of communication skills and training. Veterinary Record, 180(12), doi:10.1136/vr.103997. ISSN 0042-4900

A survey was conducted among veterinary practitioners in the UK and the USA in 2012/2013. Thematic analysis was used to identify underlying reasons behind answers to questions about the importance of communication skills and the desire to participate... Read More

The awareness of the international veterinary profession of evidence-based veterinary medicine and preferred methods of training (2017)
Journal Article
Huntley, S. J., Dean, R. S., & Brennan, M. L. (2017). The awareness of the international veterinary profession of evidence-based veterinary medicine and preferred methods of training. Veterinary Sciences, 4(1), doi:10.3390/vetsci4010015. ISSN 2306-7381

Evidence-based veterinary medicine (EVM) is an evolving discipline in veterinary medicine so it is important to periodically “benchmark” opinion about EVM across the profession. An international survey to assess veterinarians’ awareness of EVM was co... Read More

Development of a critical appraisal tool to assess the quality of cross-sectional studies (AXIS) (2016)
Journal Article
Downes, M. J., Brennan, M. L., Williams, H. C., & Dean, R. S. (2016). Development of a critical appraisal tool to assess the quality of cross-sectional studies (AXIS). BMJ Open, 6(12), doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011458. ISSN 2044-6055

Objectives: The aim of this study was to develop a critical appraisal (CA) tool that addressed study design and reporting quality as well as the risk of bias in cross-sectional studies (CSSs). In addition, the aim was to produce a help document to gu... Read More

Common decisions made and actions taken during small-animal consultations at eight first-opinion practices in the United Kingdom (2016)
Journal Article
Robinson, N., Brennan, M. L., Cobb, M., & Dean, R. S. (2017). Common decisions made and actions taken during small-animal consultations at eight first-opinion practices in the United Kingdom. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 139, doi:10.1016/j.prevetmed.2016.12.002. ISSN 0167-5877

In order for veterinary surgeons to undertake an evidence-based approach to making decisions about theirpatients, it is important that new evidence is generated to support the clinical decision-making process.Many of the decisions are likely to be ar... Read More

Searching the veterinary literature: a comparison of the coverage of veterinary journals by nine bibliographic databases (2016)
Journal Article
Grindlay, D. J., Brennan, M. L., & Dean, R. S. (in press). Searching the veterinary literature: a comparison of the coverage of veterinary journals by nine bibliographic databases. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 39(4), doi:10.3138/jvme.1111.109R. ISSN 0748-321X

A thorough search of the literature to find the best evidence is central to the practice of evidence-based veterinary medicine. This requires knowing which databases to search to maximize journal coverage. The aim of the present study was to compare... Read More