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Pet owners’ perceptions of veterinary safety practices

Published on Nov 17, 2018in Veterinary Record2.10
· DOI :10.1136/vr.104624
Heather Fowler3
Estimated H-index: 3
(UW: University of Washington),
Bianca Irimia (UW: University of Washington)+ 2 AuthorsPeter M. Rabinowitz25
Estimated H-index: 25
(UW: University of Washington)
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Veterinary workers must care for their animal patients while simultaneously protecting their own health and safety. This process can be complicated by the presence and perception of pet owners who may not agree with a given tactic used to protect veterinary workers from injury. We conducted focus groups of pet owners in the Seattle area during November 2016 to gain a deeper understanding of their perceptions relating to veterinary worker safety practices. Focus group interviews were recorded and transcribed and study themes identified and summarised. Twenty pet owners participated in three focus groups. Study themes arising from the focus group discussions could be categorised into human, animal, behavioural and environmental domains as outlined in a One Health Occupational Safety and Health (OHOSH) model. Communication was a recurring study theme identified, suggesting that lacking or impaired veterinary personnel-client communication plays a key role in the safe delivery of veterinary services and can negatively impact the use of safety practices among veterinary personnel. Our study suggests that it is important for veterinary personnel to communicate to clients the reasons for policies related to worker safety. Such communication can help engage the veterinary client in order to effectively avoid situations that precipitate injury.
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Published on Jun 10, 2017in Veterinary Record2.10
Elizabeth J. Norman7
Estimated H-index: 7
(Massey University)
This qualitative study investigated the qualities of veterinary student performance that inform a supervisor9s impression of their competency. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a purposive sample of 15 supervisors from different veterinary subdisciplines, to elicit descriptions of excellent, weak and marginal students. Thematic analysis of transcriptions revealed 12 themes, of which engagement was frequently discussed and of stated importance, and trustworthiness was a differentiato...
Published on May 1, 2017in Journal of Veterinary Medical Education0.70
Sarah Haldane1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Kenneth W. Hinchcliff39
Estimated H-index: 39
+ 1 AuthorsChi Baik10
Estimated H-index: 10
Good communication skills are an important entry-level attribute of graduates of professional degrees. The inclusion of communication training within the curriculum can be problematic, particularly in programs with a high content load, such as veterinary science. This study examined the differences between the perceptions of students and qualified veterinarians with regards to the entry-level communication skills required of new graduates in clinical practice. Surveys were distributed to student...
Published on May 1, 2017in Journal of Veterinary Medical Education0.70
Margaret V. Root Kustritz14
Estimated H-index: 14
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Susan E Lowum1
Estimated H-index: 1
+ 2 AuthorsAthena Diesch-Chham1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UMN: University of Minnesota)
The primary purpose of this study was to compare two methods for assessing student communication skills: a labor-intensive review of video-recorded interactions and global communications assessment using a comprehensive rotation-assessment tool. Secondary goals of the study were to evaluate student strengths and weaknesses to inform the pre-clinical communications curriculum and to evaluate for consistency between types of reviewers. Video recordings of 43 student encounters with clients present...
Published on Mar 25, 2017in Veterinary Record2.10
Michael P. McDermott2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Nottingham),
Malcolm Cobb10
Estimated H-index: 10
(University of Nottingham)
+ 2 AuthorsRachel Dean14
Estimated H-index: 14
(University of Nottingham)
A survey was conducted among veterinary practitioners in the UK and the USA in 2012/2013. Thematic analysis was used to identify underlying reasons behind answers to questions about the importance of communication skills and the desire to participate in postgraduate communication skills training. Lack of training among more experienced veterinary surgeons, incomplete preparation of younger practitioners and differences in ability to communicate all contribute to gaps in communication competency....
Published on Feb 1, 2017in Journal of Veterinary Medical Education0.70
Susan Rhind20
Estimated H-index: 20
(Edin.: University of Edinburgh),
Andrew Grant10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Swansea University)
Published on Jun 2, 2016in Medical Teacher2.71
Martin Cake18
Estimated H-index: 18
(Murdoch University),
Melinda A. Bell3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Murdoch University)
+ 4 AuthorsSarah Baillie12
Estimated H-index: 12
(UoB: University of Bristol)
ABSTRACTBackground: Despite the growing prominence of professional (non-technical) competencies in veterinary education, the evidence to support their importance to veterinary graduates is unclear.Aim: To summarize current evidence within the veterinary literature for the importance of professional competencies to graduate success.Methods: A systematic search of electronic databases was conducted (CAB Abstracts, Web of Science, PubMed, PsycINFO, ERIC, Australian and British Education Index, Diss...
J.H. Robben11
Estimated H-index: 11
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Diede N. Melsen1
Estimated H-index: 1
+ 2 AuthorsN. Endenburg8
Estimated H-index: 8
(UU: Utrecht University)
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Published on Mar 1, 2016in American Journal of Industrial Medicine1.90
Heather Fowler3
Estimated H-index: 3
(UW: University of Washington),
Darrin Adams15
Estimated H-index: 15
(DOS: United States Department of State)
+ 1 AuthorsPeter M. Rabinowitz25
Estimated H-index: 25
(UW: University of Washington)
BACKGROUND: For workers engaged in animal care, workplace hazards are common and may outnumber those experienced by human healthcare workers. METHODS: We used accepted Washington State workers' compensation claims for the period from January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2011 to compare injury rates and types of injuries across animal care occupations. RESULTS: Work-related injuries frequently affect veterinary support staff and those working in pet stores, shelters, grooming facilities and kennels. ...
Heather Fowler3
Estimated H-index: 3
(UW: University of Washington),
Stacy Holzbauer13
Estimated H-index: 13
+ 1 AuthorsJoni Scheftel10
Estimated H-index: 10
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Published on Dec 1, 2015in Journal of Veterinary Medical Education0.70
Michael P. McDermott2
Estimated H-index: 2
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Victoria Tischler18
Estimated H-index: 18
+ 2 AuthorsRachel Dean14
Estimated H-index: 14
Communication is increasingly recognized as a core skill for veterinary practitioners, and in recent years, attention to communication competency and skills training has increased. To gain an up-to-date assessment of the current state of veterinary communication skills and training, we conducted a survey among veterinary practitioners in the United Kingdom and United States in 2012/2013. The questionnaire was used to assess the current state, relevance, and adequacy of veterinary communication s...
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