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Pilot epidemiological study of attitudes towards pain in horses
  1. J. Price, BVMS, PhD,MRCVS1,
  2. J. M. Marques, BSc, MSc1,
  3. E. M. Welsh, BVMS, PhD,CertVA, CertSAS, MRCVS1 and
  4. N. K. Waran, BSc, PhD1
  1. 1 Department of Veterinary Clinical Studies, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Easter Bush, Roslin, Midlothian EH25 9RG


This preliminary study investigated the attitudes, and evaluated the current practice of a sample of the veterinary profession in the UK in relation to the management of pain in horses. In June 2001, a questionnaire was posted to 260 veterinarians in specialised equine practice, and 140 veterinarians in general practice with a significant equine caseload. There was a 25 per cent response rate to the questionnaire, which recorded information about the availability and prescription of analgesic drugs, the factors influencing the selection of analgesics and their administration, and estimates of the severity of pain associated with selected clinical conditions. There were considerable variations in the practices applied to manage pain in horses, implying that there are similar attitudinal barriers to the optimal management of pain in horses as have been identified in other domestic species.

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