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Survey of veterinary surgeons on the introduction of serological testing to assess revaccination requirements
  1. B. J. Heayns, BSc (Hons), RVN and
  2. S. Baugh, BSc (Hons), BVM&S, MRCVS
  1. Department of Animals, Harper Adams University College, Telford TF10 8NB, UK
  1. E-mail for correspondence bheayns{at}

Despite the discussion of the use of serological testing in canine vaccination protocols, no study has been published that investigates the opinions of the veterinary profession regarding the use of the test to assess revaccination requirements in dogs. This paper presents the results of a study designed to fill this research gap which was completed in 2009. Veterinary surgeons were asked to complete a questionnaire on different aspects of canine vaccination and the introduction of serological testing to determine revaccination requirements. Of the 448 questionnaires distributed, 243 replies were received (54.2 per cent) and of these, a significant majority (169/243; 69.5 per cent) of respondents would consider introducing serological testing. An average of 53.5 per cent of respondents practised tri-annual revaccination for the core diseases. A significant number of respondents (86/140; 61 per cent) who placed low importance on vaccine overload would consider introducing serological testing into canine vaccination programmes (P=0.002).

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