Animal charity PDSA is asking veterinary professionals for their views on pet health and well-being.

To gather data for its fourth annual PDSA Animal Well-being (PAW) report, the largest survey of its kind in the UK, the charity is inviting vets, veterinary nurses and, for the first time, veterinary students to have their say on the issues most affecting the welfare of pets.

PDSA head of pet welfare Nicola Martin said: “In 2013 the top concern of the veterinary profession, shared by more than 50 per cent of those surveyed, was the lack of public understanding of the cost of pet ownership.

“When asked ‘what could have the biggest impact on animal welfare in 10 years time?’ the profession said health issues related to unsuitable breeding.

“These invaluable insights enable PDSA and other organisations to tailor their education programmes and campaigns to focus on topics that affect the veterinary profession the most.

“They also provide an excellent opportunity for everyone to voice their opinions and concerns.”

So far, more than 17,000 pet owners, veterinary professionals and children have shared their thoughts on a range of issues facing UK pets.

Recent findings revealed awareness of how best to care for cats, dogs and rabbits is at an all-time low.

Mrs Martin urged vets, vet nurses and veterinary students to complete the survey, saying: “It only takes 15 minutes, so please help us build a picture of the biggest welfare issues facing pets in the UK today.”

Everyone who takes part can enter a free prize draw to win an iPad mini, donated by Lintbells.

The survey closes on October 12. To take part, visit

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