Projects

SAMSoc members work in first-opinion and referral practices as well as in academia. SAMSoc is therefore a platform to reach potential project collaborators. SAMSoc encourages the promotion of projects for members (e.g. questionnaire-based studies) and the generation of new projects in first-opinion practice.

Details of current projects are listed below.


Project

Improving detection of Adverse Drug Reactions

The research aim is to investigate if a health informatics system (SAVSNET) can be used to improve detection of Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) to veterinary medicines.
A fundamental part of this research is a survey to explore the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of UK veterinary professionals toward ADR reporting. The survey will explore the personal experience of the respondents with regards to reporting ADRs and we hope will help us identify barriers and facilitators of ADR reporting which we can then work with to improve ADR detection. Based on the initial results of this survey we may follow up with some participants either as part of a focus group or semi-structured interview to gain further insights into their experiences.

Duration

Until 31/12/2019

Contact

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Cases & Criteria

In 2017, a survey was undertaken across Europe to explore the reporting behaviours of veterinary surgeons. This survey only received 86 responses in the UK from a cohort of over 20,000 veterinary surgeons and therefore the results from this survey may not be truly representative of the UK veterinary population. To try and avoid similar recruitment problems with our survey we are keen to engage SAMSoc members to improve response rates.

The survey has been approved by the University of Liverpool ethics committee.

Project Leaders

Heather Davies

David Killick


Project

Gall bladder mucoceles in Border Terriers (predisposition and pedigree analysis)

Border Terriers were recently added to the list of breeds predisposed to the development of gall bladder mucoceles (GBM). This study is trying to assess the extent of GB disease in this breed and to identify potential trigger factors.

Duration

01/01/2019 to 01/09/2019

Contact

Fergus Allerton

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Cases & Criteria

All Border Terrier owners are encouraged to complete the online survey. Through pedigree analysis, we hope to be able to identify particular at-risk lines within the breed and help minimise the condition in future generations.

Details pertaining to all Border Terriers, of any age (including those that have died) with our without history of gall bladder disease are welcomed.

This project has been approved by the ethics committee at the University of Nottingham.

Project Leaders

Lorenzo Brunero

Fergus Allerton

Mark Dunning

Caroline Kisielewicz

Vicki Black

Faye Swinbourne

Andrew Kent

 


Project

Analysing blood pressure medication in cats

A survey to analyze practitioner understanding of the two veterinary authorized blood pressure medications in cats: Telmisartan and Amlodipine, how a decision is made between the two, and how often blood pressure is monitored.

Duration

From 1/7/2019

Contact

Georgina Hook

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Cases & Criteria

The two antihypertensive medications licensed for small animal use are Amlodipine and Telmisartan. Telmisartan is a new drug on the market licensed for hypertension as well as treating proteinuria in cats. They are both different drugs in their chemical composition as well as what they work: Amlodipine is a calcium-channel blocker, while Telmisartan is an Angiotensin Receptor Blocker (ARB). We will be researching whether i. practitioners understand the differences between these medications and ii. how are they making an informed decision when choosing between them. In addition, we want to get an idea of what percentage of practitioners are screening cats for hypertension and how frequently they follow cats to determine their response to treatment.

Project Leaders

Georgina Hook

Research project final year student.


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SAMSoc members all have an interest in internal medicine in common and many are actively involved with clinical research. Posting your project on the SAMSoc website is a great way to increase awareness  encourage participation. If you would like your project to be listed on the website, please contact us today, click the button below to submit details.

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