[Survey among livestock veterinarians from the Canton of Fribourg investigating the topics of herd-health management, counselling and the use of antimicrobial drugs].

Gerber, M.; Dürr, Salome Esther; Bodmer, M. (2020). [Survey among livestock veterinarians from the Canton of Fribourg investigating the topics of herd-health management, counselling and the use of antimicrobial drugs]. Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde, 162(1), pp. 23-36. Gesellschaft Schweizer Tierärztinnen und Tierärzte 10.17236/sat00240

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INTRODUCTION The work of veterinarians is continuously undergoing structural changes. A shift from purely curative individual animal care towards herd-health management is observed worldwide in the livestock sector. To illustrate the practical implementation with all its advantages and disadvantages, an online survey was conducted among all practicing livestock veterinarians in the Canton of Fribourg. A link to the survey was sent by email, it was voluntary and possible to complete the questionnaire anonymously. The survey focused on four topics: Demographic data, herd-health management, billing of counselling and use of antimicrobial drugs. Forty veterinarians from at least 79.2% (n = 19) of all veterinary practices located in the canton of Fribourg (n = 24) responded. Of these, 67.5% were practice owners or partner (n = 27) and 32.5% were employed veterinarians (n = 13). In Fribourg, only herd fertility management is included in the herd-health management on a regular basis. The quality and quantity of advanced trainings in herd-health management for veterinarians was assessed as moderate to poor. There are various options for charging herd-health management services. The amount charged was variable. The most frequently used options were hourly rates (100-300 CHF/h), "rate per cow per year excl. visit rate" (22-75 CHF/cow/year) or "rate per cow per year incl. visit rate" (85-98 CHF/ cow/year). Only one veterinarian (2.5%) charges for advisory activities not included in the the herd-health management service, which was asked for separately. However, the time required for counselling (excluding herd-health management) was estimated to be between 5.0-70.0% of the total working time (median 15.0%, interquartile range = 10.0-32.5%). Veterinarians in Fribourg are reHauptluctant to follow the international trend towards a regular, integrated herd-health management. The majority of them do not charge for consultancy outside the herdhealth management service. A nationwide survey should be considered to better assess the situation all over Switzerland.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Clinic for Ruminants
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Veterinary Public Health Institute

UniBE Contributor:

Gerber, Manuela; Dürr, Salome Esther and Bodmer, Michèle

Subjects:

500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

1664-2848

Publisher:

Gesellschaft Schweizer Tierärztinnen und Tierärzte

Language:

German

Submitter:

Nathalie Viviane Zollinger

Date Deposited:

14 Feb 2020 08:51

Last Modified:

14 Feb 2020 08:58

Publisher DOI:

10.17236/sat00240

PubMed ID:

31899447

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Beratung Bestandesbetreuung Nutztiere Strukturwandel Verrechnung animali da reddito animaux de rente cambiamento strutturale changement structurel charging conseil consulenza consulting facturation fatturazione gestione della mandria herd-health management livestock structural change suivi de troupeau

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.139903

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/139903

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