Study on the current situation in farm animal medicine

Hool, Natalie; Schüpbach, Gertraud Irene; Thomann, Beat Stefan (2019). Study on the current situation in farm animal medicine. Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde, 161(1), pp. 33-42. Gesellschaft Schweizer Tierärztinnen und Tierärzte 10.17236/sat00192

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For a long time there has been a debate in Switzerland as to whether the veterinary farm animal service is still sufficiently guaranteed. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the supply and demand of veterinary services for cattle and pigs through a representative survey of veterinarians and farmers. The results revealed that the veterinary farm animal service was rated by the majority of both, farmers and veterinarians, to be good or very good. Veterinary service shortages exist partly in mountain and peripheral regions, in small areas in otherwise well-served regions and in the canton of Ticino. By contrast, about one third of farm animal practices are rather underutilized and would prefer to increase livestock numbers. The emergency service is currently very well guaranteed. Ninety-five percent of veterinarians and farmers stated that on-site emergency service is provided within an hour or less. The quality of veterinary services were also assessed positively by the farmers. While a third of respondents said veterinary care improved compared to five years ago, only two percent felt that veterinary care had deteriorated. Almost all veterinarians stated that vacancies in farm animal practices were difficult to fill adequately. The majority of practice owners do not receive enough applications from suitable candidates. In addition, the majority of applicants were not trained in Switzerland. The security of farm animal veterinary service is currently mostly good to very well guaranteed. However, there is a lack of veterinarians trained to meet the future needs of farm animal veterinarians.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Research Foci > Veterinary Public Health / Herd Health Management
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Veterinary Public Health Institute
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH)

UniBE Contributor:

Hool, Natalie; Schüpbach, Gertraud Irene and Thomann, Beat Stefan

Subjects:

600 Technology
600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

0036-7281

Publisher:

Gesellschaft Schweizer Tierärztinnen und Tierärzte

Language:

German

Submitter:

Susanne Agnes Lerch

Date Deposited:

16 Apr 2019 16:19

Last Modified:

24 Oct 2019 12:13

Publisher DOI:

10.17236/sat00192

PubMed ID:

30602430

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.126911

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/126911

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