A group formed to develop strategies for parasite control in sheep has launched an online survey to discover vets’ opinions on worming practices and their knowledge of the SCOPS principles.

A group formed to develop strategies for parasite control in sheep has launched an online survey to discover vets’ opinions on worming practices and their knowledge of the SCOPS principles.
 
SCOPS (Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep)The SCOPS (Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep) group is directed by a steering committee chaired by the National Sheep Association and includes representatives from NFU, SNFU, NOAH, AHDA, RUMA, CSL/VLA, SVS, DEFRA and SAC.

The SCOPS principles for sustainable worm control in sheep were launched to the industry nearly 7 years ago, since which time awareness of the threat that anthelmintic resistance poses has greatly increased.
 
During this time, the SCOPS group has worked hard to get its messages across to vets, farmers and the wider industry. However, to help SCOPS improve how its communicates with the industry, and to ensure its resources are used as effectively as possible, it has now  launched an short online survey for vets working in the large animal sector.
 
A spokesperson said: “In order to try and increase both awareness and uptake, SCOPS needs to understand how people feel about changing worming practices, what the barriers are to uptake, and what we need to do to help vets and advisers in the future.”
 
As an added incentive, each respondent replying to the survey before January 28, 2011, will be entered into a prize draw for an Amazon voucher worth £50.
 
To complete the 14-question survey, visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/scopsVet1

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