Research

An investigation of the prevalence of compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction and burnout in those working in animal-related occupations using the Professional Quality of Life (ProQoL) Scale

Most of the survey respondents (~61%) were employed in veterinary practice (either veterinarians or veterinary nurses/technicians) and 85% of all respondents were female. 42% of participants were...

Which skin preparation technique is most effective to minimise bacterial contamination?

The gold standard provision in veterinary care is to utilise evidence-based medicine to help evaluate the weight of evidence and guide clinical decision making which will ultimately increase animal...

Investigating the use of non-contact infrared thermometers in cats and dogs

The research study was approved by the Nottingham Trent University's School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Science's ethics approval group..

Environmental methods used by veterinary centres to reduce stress of cats and dogs during practice visits

Data were analysed using descriptive statistics. All statistical analysis was performed using Microsoft Excel (Microsoft Inc. 2016)..

Does the Feline Fort® reduce stress in feline inpatients within a veterinary surgery and is it any better than a cardboard box or no hideaway at all?

For the purposes of this study the definition of stress is a state of tension, elicited by a perceived threat to homeostasis and measured by the animal's response via behavioural and neuroendocrine...

The use of outcome measures in equine rehabilitation

A questionnaire was used to investigate how physiotherapists involved with the treatment and training of horses measure progress and outcomes during rehabilitation. Snowball sampling was used to...

A preliminary study investigating the use of rabbit-related Facebook groups in relation to rabbit health information

A survey was developed consisting of three sections including: i) general FB and FB rabbit group use (e.g. frequency of use and reason for joining FB rabbit groups); ii) receiving of rabbit health...

Effectiveness of providing a box, or partially covering the cage front, on reducing cat stress

This study adds to the body of literature on the provision of a hiding box, by further demonstrating that when caged cats are provided with a box they are likely to hide within the box and show less...

A comparative study analysing two pain score scales pre and post operatively on felines undergoing surgery for ovariohysterectomy

Pain scoring has been identified as an area in the past that has required further development. A historical study by Lascelles et al (1999) concluded that 68% of veterinary surgeons felt that nurses...

Can aromatherapy be used to reduce anxiety in hospitalised felines

The veterinary environment can be stressful with the sights and smells encountered on a patient's first visit often dictating their future response (Greenfield, 2013). Recognising stress proves...

Do dog owners recognise behavioural indicators of canine cognitive dysfunction and can environmental enrichment techniques slow its progression?

Canine cognitive dysfunction causes diminished cognitive function via an increase in damaged brain tissues, resulting in canine memory loss characterised by altered behaviours (Druce, 2014)....

Rabbit health practices of 202 rabbit owners

Health checking is important to allow early detection of disease and maintain health (RSPCA, 2017a). The findings of this study suggest that while most owners performed some form of health checking,...