PDSA is calling on vets and VNs to contribute to the follow-up of its much praised 2011 pet owner report and “have their say” on topical pet issues and trends in practice.
PDSA is calling on vets and VNs to contribute to the follow-up of its much praised 2011 pet owner report.
Last year the charity polled more than 11,000 members of the public – as well as 140 vets and VNs – to get a snapshot of the husbandry and welfare provisions of millions of cats, dogs and rabbits across the UK.
Headline findings from the 2011 PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) report – praised at the time as “brave and bold” by incumbent RCVS president Peter Jinman – included the discovery that, while 89% of owners believed people should have a basic understanding of the health and welfare needs outlined in the Animal Welfare Act, only 45% of the dog, cat and rabbit owners polled felt they were familiar with the law.
Gathering data for this year’s report, PDSA is now calling for more vets and VNs to “have their say” on topical pet issues and trends in practice.
Speaking exclusively to vetsonline at this year’s BSAVA / FECAVA / WSAVA congress PDSA senior vet Nicola Martin urged vetsonline users to take part in the 2012 survey, which is being hosted by YouGov.
“It’s 20 questions and will take about 10-15 minutes to answer,” she said. “We’re looking for a mix of opinions, what you do you in your practice and what information you think is valuable and asking for opinions on key topical issues such as microchipping, dangerous dogs and pet insurance.
“We’d like to see 500 vets and nurses respond this time, hopefully more.”
PDSA PR manager Mary Bawn said: “last year’s report gave us a line in the sand to work from and doing this year’s survey will allow us to track changes in behaviour by owners and changes in the profession so we can start to implement helpful strategies.”
Ms Martin stressed PDSA would go on to raise awareness of particular issues raised as a result of the vet/VN survey.
- The 2012 survey is live until mid-May and can be completed at www.pdsa.org.uk/pawreport
- The charity hosts a number of leaflets and “top tips” posters based on the 2011 PAW report.