Natalie qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2006 and spent several years in first opinion small animal practice. In 2010 she joined the Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine at The University of Nottingham to conduct a PhD entitled 'Use of sentinel practices to obtain data regarding common clinical conditions and presentations in small animal consultations'. She is now a Research Fellow in Veterinary Practice-based Research in the Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine.
Natalie is currently working on a project examining ways to maximise the benefits of the small-animal preventative-healthcare consultation. The project involves various steps, including a scoping… read more
Natalie is currently working on a project examining ways to maximise the benefits of the small-animal preventative-healthcare consultation. The project involves various steps, including a scoping review of the literature, a global survey of veterinary surgeons, and in-depth qualitative interviews with veterinary surgeons and pets owners. These various steps aim to examine the current evidence base for preventative-healthcare consultations, identify owner and veterinary surgeon experiences and expectations of these consultations, and gather opinions on the best strategies to maximise the benefits of these consultations.
Natalie's previous research during her PhD focused upon the collection of data from a network of veterinary sentinel practices by direct observation of consultations. In particular, the aim was to identify common scenarios in the veterinary consultation, in terms of patients presented, clinical signs reported, diagnoses made and actions taken. The results provided a starting point in directing future research towards areas most relevant to veterinary practitioners.
Future research will involve combining results from the initial stages of the preventative healthcare work to develop a practical tool or resource for use by veterinary surgeons conducting preventative-healthcare consultation. This will be developed and refined by use of an expert consensus panel, consisting predominantly of veterinary surgeons in primary-care practice, but also including pet owners, veterinary nurses and other members of the profession. This resource will be trialled in a primary-care practice setting and will subsequently be made freely available to the veterinary profession.