Surveys For Members Of the Profession

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Help advance veterinary science by completing these surveys from your veterinary peers. If you would like your survey to be considered for inclusion, please submit details to communications@ava.com.au.

Survey 1:

Antimicrobial usage in Australian companion and production animals – veterinarian attitudes to antibiotic use reporting

This is one of two questionnaires that will be distributed over a similar time period in the area of antimicrobial resistance, stewardship and use. It is important to note that the two questionnaires are very different and are delivered by different groups. This questionnaire intends to gain information on attitudes towards recording and reporting antimicrobial use, while the other is on factors that influence antimicrobial prescribing decisions. Both will be distributed through the same routes so please look out for the second questionnaire over time. We value your response to both questionnaires and thank you for the time taken to do so.

Take the survey here - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5KBMJQQ

Survey 2:

Seeking Australian veterinarians for antimicrobial prescribing research

Researchers at The University of Melbourne are seeking Australian veterinarians to participate in a research project exploring: What factors influence the antimicrobial prescribing behaviours of veterinarians in Australia?

This is one of two questionnaires that will be distributed on antimicrobial resistance, stewardship and use. The second questionnaire intends to gain information on attitudes towards recording and reporting antimicrobial use. Please note the two questionnaires are very different and are delivered by different research groups, but both funded by the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment. Please look out for the second questionnaire, we value your response to both questionnaires and thank you for the time taken to do so.

Participation in the first questionnaire involves:

  1. Completing a 15–25-minute online survey about the factors that influence how you make your antimicrobial prescribing decisions.
  2. [Optional] At the end of the survey, you can choose whether you’d like to be invited for a 45-minute interview. A number of vets across all animal sectors will be interviewed to explore the different approaches people take to antimicrobial use. The interviews will be recorded, and the recordings will be analysed to find common and unique themes in vets’ responses. Responses may be included in a scientific manuscript but will not be traceable to any individual or clinic. 

The results of this project will be used to design targeted resources to support vets in optimising their antimicrobial choices. If you would like to participate, please go to this link, where you can read the participant information leaflet and complete the survey: https://melbourneuni.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3WeyI5sWZjrResu

Please note:

  • Participation is entirely voluntary.
  • Participants who are interviewed will be given a $50 voucher as partial compensation for their time, and an enormous amount of gratitude from the researcher.
  • Interviews will be conducted at a time that suits you and will be on Zoom or by telephone.

Thank you so much for helping with this important research. If you would like more information, please email Kirsten Bailey at baileyk@unimelb.edu.au or call on 0417 626 933.

Survey 3:

National Biosecurity Strategy survey

The National Biosecurity Strategy Have Your Say survey is now live. The Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment invites your input on what the National Biosecurity Strategy should focus on, achieve and what is important to you. Your thoughts will help inform the development of the draft strategy. Submissions close 26 November 2021. Please direct any questions to nationalbiosecuritystrategy@awe.gov.au 

The national strategy will seek to align collective efforts towards a common purpose and provide a clear commitment to prioritised action and investment. This will ensure Australia’s biosecurity system remains fit to meet the challenges of the next decade. 

Complete the survey here.

Survey 4:

Your feedback needed on rodenticide poisoning in pets and wildlife

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has advised that it will be reconsidering active constituent approvals, product registrations and associated label approvals of anticoagulant rodenticides for: first generation anticoagulant rodenticides (warfarin, coumatetralyl, diphacinone) and second generation anticoagulant rodenticides (brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difenacoum, difethialone, and flocoumafen), under section 31(1) of the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemical Code scheduled to the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 (Agvet Code). 

BirdLife Australia is currently examining the impact of anticoagulant rodenticides (ARs), particularly second-generation ARs (the most common rat poisons available to purchase), on non-target animals including wildlife and domestic pets. They would like to understand how frequently you treat animals showing signs of anticoagulant rodenticide (AR) poisoning, and how widespread you feel the issue is. This survey will provide important data for the APVMA during the reconsideration process outlined above. Please complete this short survey here.

Survey 5:

What if you could shape the future of veterinary work cultures?

There’s a lot of talk about what contributes to the perceived shortage of vets and nurses, and dissatisfaction in the veterinary profession. Meanwhile, social scientists know a great deal about what motivates and satisfies people in work and life contexts. What if we could link the two?

A new, independent Not For Profit organisation is under development to do just that. The team behind Sustainable Veterinary Careers http://sustainableveterinarycareers.org/ is asking everyone - at every career stage in every role within the animal health industry, including those who’ve moved on to other sectors – to tell us what you need and want to make the difference between surviving and thriving in vet. Would you support the proposed funding model, and how do you think funds should be governed and used?

Survey participation is completely voluntary and anonymous. The results of this ethics-approved survey (Deakin University approval number BL-EC 29 21) will be available to the entire industry. You’ll be able to use the information in your own contexts as well as contribute to a pan-professional solution.

Veterinary professionals – students, managers, teachers, customer care and nursing staff and veterinarians are warmly invited to click on https://researchsurveys.deakin.edu.au/jfe/form/SV_0Gjh72evf7AXVhY to take just 10 minutes to tell us what your veterinary future should include.

Survey 6:

How do Australian veterinarians share knowledge?

You are invited to answer a short anonymous survey on how information flows through the veterinary profession. We are looking to learn more about how knowledge is shared between veterinarians. What motivates you to share knowledge? How often do you share your experiences? How often do you seek out new knowledge?

Answering this 5–10-minute survey will help us understand the knowledge sharing process so that we can be better prepared to fight emergency outbreaks such as Hendra virus and foot and mouth disease.

This survey is being carried out by Tim Jackson from the University of Wollongong and veterinarian Dr Anne Jackson.

Survey 7:

Veterinary triage tools and their frequency of use: a comparison between general practitioners and veterinarians with advanced ECC training

This survey is part of a study that aims to describe and compare how veterinarians in Australia triage and respond to veterinary emergency situations. Veterinary emergency and critical care (ECC) is a rapidly expanding field in veterinary medicine. However, despite the myriad of ways to triage patients in emergency situations, reports on usage frequency of these triage tools are minimal to none. Our study aims to focus on describing the usage of 2 types of triage tools: shock index and point of care ultrasound, then comparing the usage by general practitioners and veterinarians with advanced ECC training. At the end, we also hope to describe the general attitude of veterinarians with regards to treating emergency cases, to capture the overall sentiments towards veterinary ECC.

If the goals of this study interest you, feel free to complete this anonymous survey that should take no longer than 5-10 mins of your time. Thank you, your participation is greatly appreciated.

This study is being carried out by Melissa Goh as the basis for the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Sydney which will take place under the supervision of Dr Mara Hickey.

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