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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

Shar Pei Fever

A retrospective study looking at the clinical presentation, frequency and management approaches for Shar Pei fever in the United Kingdom. This study will use an electronic data capture platform (Castor) to facilitate data collection. Completion of data entry should only take 10 minutes and will hopefully demonstrate to owners that we are actively investigating an unusual condition affecting this breed.

Duration

To be advised

Contact

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Cases & Criteria

Shar Pei Fever is a condition of Shar Pei dogs which is characterised by recurrent episodes of lethargy, high temperature, and sometimes swelling of joints and joint pain. These episodes are not associated with an infectious cause, and typically resolve in a matter of days. The condition is thought to be inherited, and can predispose affected dogs to life-limiting kidney disease. We are investigating ways to further our understanding of this condition, including how it affects dogs and how it is being treated. With an improved understanding of the disease, we hope to be able to better help Shar Pei dogs and their owners in the future.
With this in mind, we invite owners of Shar Pei dogs born after 2004 to participate in a research project with researchers at Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service and the Small Animal Medicine Society (SAMsoc).

Vets are invited to complete a form which should take no more than 10 minutes.

Project Leaders

Fergus Allerton

 

 


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

Now ended

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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