Behaviour and welfare: minimising stress for patients in the veterinary hospital

Lloyd, Janice (2014) Behaviour and welfare: minimising stress for patients in the veterinary hospital. In: Presentations from the Australian Veterinary Association North Queensland Branch Conference. pp. 62-64. From: Australian Veterinary Association North Queensland Branch Conference, 22-24 August 2014, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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Minimising stress for patients should always be a priority in the veterinary hospital. However, this can be difficult to achieve, especially in the emergency situation. While a 'no stress environment' is not possible (nor possibly even desirable), understanding how to create a 'low stress environment' and how to handle animals in a less stressful manner benefits patients, staff and the hospital alike. This article outlines some practical steps that can be taken by veterinary staff to minimise stress for presenting and hospitalised patients including how to recognise stress in dogs and cats. Note: Much of this material has been adapted from Yin (2009) and the accompanying Low Stress Handling of Dogs & Cats DVD (Yin, 2012). Referring to these resources will help to develop pet-friendly practices.

Item ID: 35283
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: stress; veterinary; behaviour; welfare
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Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2015 04:12
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