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Research projects from other organisations

Have your say by taking part in these surveys and research projects on issues affecting the veterinary profession. 

These notices have been circulated to NZVA members at the request of other organisations. If you have any questions about them, please contact the organisations directly.

Survey: Recruitment preferences in the veterinary sector

Researchers from Unitec Institute of Technology invite you to participate in a web-based online questionnaire aiming to review participant preferences in recruitment practices.  

This project aims to determine which aspects of recruitment practices participants search for, or avoid, when job searching. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete.  

Your participation in this survey is voluntary. You may refuse to take part in the research or exit the survey at any time, however once a survey has been submitted, it cannot be withdrawn due to the anonymous nature of the responses.

Your survey answers are anonymous. All survey answers will be stored in a password protected electronic format and your responses will remain anonymous. No one will be able to identify you or your answers, and no one will know whether or not you participated in the study. 

It is the author's aim to disseminate results via an international peer-reviewed journal.

If you have questions at any time about the study or the procedures, you may contact the primary researcher at lharvey@unitec.ac.nz. You can complete the survey here.

Survey: Perceptions of abortion in cattle in Australasia

Researchers from Charles Sturt University are investigating the views of farmers and veterinarians in regard to knowledge, perception and attitude towards abortion in cattle within Australasia. They hope to use the data to better align the needs, expectations and perceptions of producers with those of veterinarians.

For more information, please visit the survey page.

If you have any cattle clients who may be interested in this study, they can complete a separate survey for producers.

For further information, please contact Jennifer Manyweathers (jmanyweathers@csu.edu.au).

Research project: Moral distress and posttraumatic growth scale for veterinary professionals

You are invited to participate in a research study examining moral and ethical dilemmas faced by veterinary professionals. This study is being conducted by Dr Crystal Meehan, Prof Kimberley Norris, Prof Angela Martin, Dr Sarah Dawkins and Caitlin Connolly in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Tasmania.

This study will pilot a new instrument developed to measure moral distress (ie the psychological discomfort resulting from moral conflicts) and posttraumatic growth in veterinary professionals. Due to the potential negative psychological impacts of repeated exposure to morally conflicting events, the researchers wish to identify these events and measure moral distress specifically in the veterinary population. There is currently no instrument to measure this type of distress in those working in animal care.

For more information and to complete the survey, please visit the project website.

Research project: Experiences of the veterinary sector from a Māori employer, employee or student perspective

Associate Professor Francesca Brown from Te Pūkenga (Otago Polytechnic) is the lead researcher in a project investigating experiences of the veterinary sector from a Māori employer, employee or student perspective.

This project is looking to allow Māori veterinary sector staff or students to tell their stories about their experiences from a Māori perspective. Data collected will be used to make recommendations to industry about how they can provide better experiences for Māori staff and students. The interviews will take place via Microsoft teams or over the phone. For more information, see the full project information sheet.

If you interested in participating, please complete this online form to advise your availability and answer a few demographic questions. Once you have done this, an interviewer will contact you to confirm a time.

Alternatively, you can express interest by contacting emailing francesca.brown@op.ac.nz. Francesca would be more than happy to discuss the research further with you before you commit to being involved. 

Survey: Assessing veterinarian attitudes towards immunocontraceptive use in cats

The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences is inviting veterinarians to participate in qualitative research investigating veterinarians’ attitudes towards immunocontraceptive use in cats. The survey should take around 10 minutes to complete and everyone who completes it goes into the draw to win one of two $50 VISA gift cards.

Immunocontraceptives have been proposed as a future contraceptive for use in cats as an alternative to surgical sterilisation. As of yet, veterinarians’ attitudes towards immunocontraceptive technology as a means of fertility control in animals is unclear. It is therefore valuable to investigate the veterinary perspective of potential immunocontraceptive use, including understanding owner and veterinarian decision making when it comes to reproductive management of cats. This information will be highly valuable in informing future immunocontraceptive development and use in veterinary settings.

Please read through the plain language statement which contains further information about the project. Once you have read through the document, you can access the survey here.