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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.

Research project: Aligning Bone Tumour Radiology and Histology Data - How Could We Close the Loop?

The Imaging Unit in the Department of Pathology and Biomedical Science at University of Otago, Christchurch is building on research conducted over the last two years towards radiological tumour boundary definition for bone tumour specimens. As part of this research, they are requesting large canine limbs (preferably mid-forelimb) with moderate to large bone tumours from Christchurch veterinarians.

Veterinarians should refrigerate the amputated limbs and contact Robert Phillips (details below) to arrange same-day pickup.

The client will need to give written consent for their dog's limbs to be used in this study. Please download the statement of intent and consent form to record the client's consent.

For more information, please contact Robert Phillips, on 021 149 6265 or robert.phillips@postgrad.otago.ac.nz.

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to take part in the research or exit the survey at any time, however once a survey has been submitted, it cannot be withdrawn due to the anonymous nature of the responses.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.

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.