Research

An evaluation into the effectiveness of surgical safety checklists in veterinary procedures

The study ran over 8 weeks between January 13 and March 6, 2020. All owners with cats and dogs scheduled to undergo an elective surgical procedure during this time were invited to participate and...

A retrospective survey evaluating the prescribing tendencies of UK veterinary surgeons, relating to the use of anti-inflammatory drugs in canine angiostrongylosis

The low number of respondents meant that the true prevalence of the use of anti-inflammatory drugs as a supportive treatment for canine angiostrongylosis could not be calculated. It could depend on...

Assessing body condition scores assigned to images of dogs by veterinary nurses working in urban, rural and suburban settings in New Zealand

This quantitative study used a cross-sectional design comprising 26 questions. A questionnaire targeting veterinary nurses in clinical practice in New Zealand was distributed via social media (private...

Nurses' views of pet owners: online pet health information

An online survey was designed and adapted from a previous survey targeting veterinarians (Kogan et al, 2017). Before distribution, the authors reviewed and pilot tested the survey, incorporating...

Assessing pain in rabbits: how well does the Rabbit Grimace Scale work in the veterinary practice?

Rabbits constantly scan their environment, and at the first sign of danger, will attempt to flee (Varga, 2016). If this is not possible, the rabbit will hide, become silent, and mask signs of illness...

Nursing implications of over-breeding brachycephalic canines, focusing on British and French Bulldogs

‘Brachycephaly’ describes skulls with a high cephalic index (where width to length skull ratio is high). Genetic mutations in these breeds cause skull bones to grow shorter and wider, displaying a...

Does meloxicam provide adequate pain management as a post-operative analgesic in canine ovariohysterectomy patients?

All procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and the research project was approved by University Centre Askham Bryan ethics committee. All owners gave...

A prospective cross-sectional survey of UK-based dog owners to explore canine handling intolerances and owner willingness to disclose these to veterinary professionals

To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first study to examine the owner perspective on factors associated with a dog's intolerance of being handled by veterinary professionals. Thus, the study...

Stress and compassion fatigue in veterinary nurses in New Zealand

This research demonstrates that veterinary nurses in New Zealand report a high incidence of stress and compassion fatigue in their lives due to their working environment. Methods of coping by...

Do owners administer inappropriate doses of anthelmintic based on an inaccurate perception of their horse's bodyweight?

An online survey conducted by Allison et al (2011) was carried out to establish owners' beliefs, attitudes, and practices with reference to the use of anthelmintic drugs. The survey identified that...

Hyperthyroidism in cats: should we be routinely testing for early diagnosis?

The research was conducted in a small-animal practice in Glasgow that routinely tested all cats for hyperthyroidism. The aim was to diagnose subclinical patients with T4 levels that were beginning to...

Comparison of expectations between veterinarians and veterinary nurses in tasks and responsibilities in clinical practice

A structured web-based survey was distributed to New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association (NZVNA) members via email, in the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) e-newsletter, and on social...