A third year vet student is calling on practitioners to help promote a study into the vaccination habits of UK cattle farmers.

A third year vet student is calling on practitioners to help promote a study into the vaccination habits of UK cattle farmers.

Liz Cresswell, from the University of Nottingham, has created a paper survey to poll the vaccination strategies used across the farming industry, with the aim of producing best practice guidelines for the future.

Liz CresswellShe said: “Currently there is no information that describes how many farmers vaccinate their cattle and which vaccines they use. It is important to get a view of what vets and farmers are currently doing to help them advise on how further to improve the health of their cattle. This questionnaire aims to collect that information.”

Survey questions include asking farmers to identify vaccines they have used in the past year, procedures for vaccination of incoming cattle and farmers’ chosen route of administration for particular vaccines.

Ms Cresswell’s study has been funded by DairyCo and is part of a larger five-year project into farm animal vaccination being run at the university.  

She said she was hoping to collect between 400-500 responses by the end of October, with results expected by the end of the year, and called on vets to help promote the study.

“The idea is to get as many vets involved as possible and I hope they will disperse it among their clients,” she told vetsonline.

 

 

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