Research

Burnout, compassion fatigue and moral distress in veterinary professionals

A questionnaire consisting of both qualitative and quantitative questions was distributed to eligible participants via email, social media and advertising. Participants were selected through purposive...

End-of-life support and after-death body care for pets: what pet owners want

An online, anonymous, cross-sectional survey was developed using Qualtrics (Qualtrics, Inc., Provo, UT, USA). The survey was designed, reviewed and tested by the co-investigators, their colleagues and...

An investigation of the impact of body condition score on the grade of intervertebral disc disease and recovery time

The first objective of this study was to identify whether there was a significant difference between IVDD grades in each weight group. No significant difference was found. No other authors have...

Soil contamination with Toxocara spp. eggs in public parks in the Midlands

The present study found evidence of soil contamination with Toxocara spp. eggs in the East Midlands region. Results indicated that 74% of the parks were contaminated, with soil prevalence levels of...

Veterinary nurse skill utilisation in small animal practice

A quantitative approach was taken to the research via a cross-sectional questionnaire design to allow responses to be generalised to the wider RVN population..

Should veterinary professionals be having more frequent CPR training?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skill performance can be measured using a manikin (Mokhtari Nori et al, 2012); in Mokhtari Nori's (2012) study CPR skill retention of hospital staff was measured....

Public perceptions of the veterinary nurse

A cross-sectional study was designed in the form of an online questionnaire to target the UK pet owning general public over the age of 18. Ethical approval was gained from the ethics committee of the...

Efficacy of automated hand sanitiser dispensers in a teaching hospital

The study was conducted between March 2018 and December 2018 in The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies Teaching Hospital, which is a large multidisciplinary referral and general practice...

The art of delegation: integration of the veterinary nursing assistant into New Zealand veterinary practice

Qualitative methods were used to explore the utilisation of VNAs with the potential to share and compare practices, generate, and develop ideas and learning which leads to richer data underpinned by...

Compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction and burnout during a pandemic

Although burnout is an aspect of compassion fatigue, the concepts are distinct. Both compassion fatigue and burnout fall under the umbrella term of secondary traumatic stress (Huggard and Huggard,...

The role of social media in promoting organised dog fighting

A content review of videos on three social media platforms (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram) was conducted between the 1 and 18 September 2020. These social media platforms were used because of their...

Does body condition scoring portray an accurate representation of a horse's condition when compared to other morphological techniques?

The study design was based on the observation and collection of data concerning the assessment of a horse's body condition. Ethical approval was gained from the University Ethics Committee, before any...