The aim of this first output from the questionnaire was to determine the types of common conditions or complaints seen by veterinarians across species in the UK. A secondary aim was to look at how much information veterinarians perceive exists on species-specific topics. The results of this study will be used to assist in prioritising topics for practice-relevant research.
• The conditions nominated as being common varied according to species.
• Skin conditions in small animals, reproductive conditions in production animals and musculoskeletal conditions in equines were most frequently mentioned.
• Veterinary clinicians perceived there to be a lower level of information available in the literature for rabbits and guinea pigs, and a higher level of information for dogs, cattle and equines.
An open-access paper describing this research has now been published:
TD Nielsen, RS Dean, NJ Robinson, A Massey, ML Brennan.
Survey of the UK veterinary profession: common species and conditions nominated by veterinarians in practice.
Veterinary Record 2014;174:324 doi:10.1136/vr.1017452014.
Contacts: Marnie Brennan, Torben Nielsen, Rachel Dean, Natalie Robinson