Assessing the effect of a canine surgical-neutering educational programme on the knowledge and confidence of Indian veterinary participants

Emma L. Rayner, Ilona Airikkala-Otter, Richard Mellanby, A.D. Gibson, Aswin Susheelan, L. Gamble, Stella Mazeri

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India has a large, free-roaming dog population, encompassing both owned and stray dogs. Canine surgical neutering is often a central component of dog population management and rabies control initiatives. The provision of practical, surgical training opportunities remains a major challenge for veterinary educational establishments worldwide to ensure competency in this routine procedure. A 12-day educational programme, focusing on surgical neutering skills, was developed to address this need. A questionnaire comprising 26 questions covering surgical and clinical topics, and a self-assessment of confidence in undertaking five common surgical procedures, was completed immediately before and after finishing the programme. A total of 296 participants attended, with 228 achieving the inclusion criteria for the study. Total knowledge scores increased significantly after the training programme (mean score pre-18.94, 95% CI 18.13–19.74; post-28.11, 95% CI 27.44–28.77, p
Original languageEnglish
Article number942890
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalFrontiers in Veterinary Science
Volume10
Early online date25 May 2023
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 May 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • India
  • attitudes
  • canine surgical neutering
  • dog population management
  • knowledge
  • veterinary education

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