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.
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.
01/01/2019 to 01/09/2019
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.
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.
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