Less stress for pets at the vets

Lloyd, J. (2018) Less stress for pets at the vets. In: Proceedings of the Australian Veterinary Educators Symposium. p. 40. From: VetEd Down Under: Australian Veterinary Educators Symposium, 13-15 February 2018, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

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Abstract

The importance of low stress handling (LSH) in the veterinary hospital is becoming increasingly recognised around the world. Stressed animals undergo physiological changes, which can have adverse effects on immunity, health, and behaviour, and can delay recovery. Stressed animals can be difficult to handle, and dog/cat bites and scratches are common causes of injury in the veterinary hospital. Understanding how to handle animals in a less stressful manner benefits patients, owners, staff, and hospitals alike.

The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) advocates that stress minimisation must be a standard of care. A James Cook University (JCU) initiative is to incorporate the principles and practicalities of LSH into undergraduate veterinary education to produce graduates who are skilled in creating low stress environments for their patients, and to meet the needs of all stakeholders.

This workshop will describe how final year (Year 5) students at JCU mitigate patient stress through (1) environmental enrichment (to improve the pets’ experience in the University hospital), and (2) training patients to participate in their own health care, for example, by willingly proffering body parts for examination. Games/audience participation will be used to illustrate training concepts.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the workshop, delegates will be able to:

• Describe how animals learn.

• Understand why LSH is important in the veterinary hospital.

• Create key activities and processes to incorporate LSH principles and practicalities into undergraduate veterinary education.

Item ID: 52827
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
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Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2018 00:26
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070799 Veterinary Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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