Self-reported confidence and knowledge of veterinary nurses in New Zealand in managing exotic companion animals

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Gear, Robyn
Cameron, Kristie
Kuhlmann, Bianca
Warwick, D.
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2023-11
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New Zealand
companion animals
animal management
veterinary nurses
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Gear, R., Cameron, K., Kuhlmann, B., & Warwick, D. (2023, November 3). Self-reported confidence and knowledge of veterinary nurses in New Zealand in managing exotic companion animals [Poster presentation]. Unitec, Te-Pukenga Environmental and Animal Sciences Research Symposium, Auckland, New Zealand. https://hdl.handle.net/10652/6398
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INTRODUCTION According to recent data, about twenty percent of New Zealand households own exotic companion animals (Companion Animals New Zealand [CANZ], 2020). To provide veterinary care for exotic companion animals, knowledge of their unique husbandry and disease is required by the veterinary team (Grant et al, 2017). A recent survey from the UK identified a lack of confidence and knowledge of exotic companion animals amongst veterinarians compared with dogs and cats with the concern this compromises the welfare of these species (Wills & Holt, 2020). A lack of confidence was also identified amongst veterinary nurses in the UK compared with nursing of cats and dogs (Crowther & Holt, 2017). This study investigated the self-reported confidence and knowledge of veterinary nurses in New Zealand in managing exotic companion animal species.
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