Table 1

Demographic distribution and practice data of respondents presented as response counts per answer category

Respondent categoryCount
 VS136
 RVN307
 SVN81
Total 524
Respondent gender VS RVN SVN Total
 Male3771 45
 Female9929879 476
Total 136 305 80 521
Respondent age (years) VS RVN SVN Total
 18–2434146 90
 25–345714827 232
 35–4435755 115
 45–5421333 57
 55–641670 23
 65 or above410 5
Total 136 305 81 522
Year qualified VS RVN Total
 Between 2010 and 201749167 216
 Between 2000 and 20093899 137
 Between 1990 and 19992331 54
 Between 1980 and 1989208 28
 Before 197961 7
Total 136 306 442
Veterinary education received VS RVN SVN Total
 Within the UK10228878 468
 Outside the UK34173 54
Total 136 305 81 522
Practice type VS RVN SVN Total
 First opinion10121067 378
 Referral13382 53
 Both first opinion and referral22529 83
 Emergency/out of hours053 8
Total 136 305 81 522
If referral, specialist services offered VS (n=13 ) RVN (n=38) SVN (n=2) Total
 Orthopaedics11282 41
 Soft tissue10272 39
 Neurology9222 33
 Internal medicine10222 34
 Dermatology7171 25
 Ophthalmology11180 29
 Oncology8220 25
 Cardiology8172 35
 Diagnostic imaging10252 36
 Anaesthesia9242 14
 Exotics130 5
 Other140 0
Total choices 95 229 15 316
Practice ownership VS RVN SVN Total
 Part of a corporate chain4212244 208
 Independently owned9318337 313
Total 135 305 81 521
Practice location VS RVN SVN Total
 Urban5812134 213
 Suburban4812332 203
 Rural306315 108
Total 136 307 81 524
Mean number employed per practice VS RVN SVN
 VSs1096
 RVNs1096
 SVNs323
Practice part of RCVS PSS? VS RVN SVN Total
 Yes8023865 383
 No556412 131
Total 135 302 77 514
  • PSS, Practice Standards Scheme; RCVS, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon; RVN, registered veterinary nurses; SVN, student veterinary nurses; VS, veterinary surgeons.