A University of Nottingham student is appealing for help with a survey to discover why some owners do not to vaccinate their horses against equine flu.

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The survey aims to discover why some owners do not vaccinate horses against equine flu.

About 85% of UK horses need vaccinating to protect the national herd stock against the potentially fatal disease. However, outbreak evidence has suggested some owners fail to adequately protect their pets.

Better understanding

Will Bambra, an undergraduate student at the university’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, is leading a research project as part of his degree course, aimed at improving our understanding of why some owners decide against vaccination.

He is asking owners to anonymously complete a short online survey exploring factors that would have a bearing on their decision to vaccinate their animals, as well as assessing their understanding of the impact of equine flu.

Influential factors

Mr Bambra said: “We are interested in assessing which factors are influencing owners when making their decision.

“Is it the financial outlay that is having an impact, or could it be the owners’ perception is the illness is not a serious risk to their animal’s well-being?”

Horse owners are urged to help with the research by completing the online survey, which will be live until October.

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