Vets need educating before owners

Emma Harris

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Abstract

he 19 May issue of Vet Record covered some very important points regarding dangerous dogs legislation and that it seems to be failing to prevent dog bites, and that the key to reducing dog attacks is education (VR, 19 May 2018, vol 182, p 558). I wholeheartedly agree, which is why I was surprised when I arrived at the letters and notices section.

How can we expect to educate dog owners regarding preventing biting when even vets are missing the signs?

There was a lovely letter about a publication for potential vet students – the cover of which featured a Jack Russell who was clearly uncomfortable with how close the vet student was (VR, 19 May 2018, vol 182, pp 578-579). As a final year student, behaviour lectures have been, shall we say, limited and practicals non-existent. I am by no means an expert, but if I can see that the dog is avoiding eye contact and has a tense facial expression (implying that it is worried about the situation), then surely someone should have picked up on it before it was approved and made available to the thousands of would-be veterinary students? How can we expect to educate dog owners regarding preventing biting when even vets are missing the signs?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)668
JournalVeterinary Record
Volume182
Issue number23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2018

Keywords

  • Animals
  • Veterinarians
  • Letter
  • Comment

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