Experience with the delegation of anaesthesia for disbudding and castration to trained and certified livestock owners

Alsaaod, Maher; Doherr, Marcus; Greber, Deborah; Steiner, Adrian (2014). Experience with the delegation of anaesthesia for disbudding and castration to trained and certified livestock owners. BMC veterinary research, 10(1), p. 35. BioMed Central 10.1186/1746-6148-10-35

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BACKGROUND: Anaesthesia is mandatory for disbudding and castrating calves and lambs of any age, in Switzerland. According to the "anaesthesia delegation model" (ADM), anaesthesia for disbudding calves <3 weeks of age and castrating calves and lambs <2 weeks of age may be administered by certified farmers. Experience with this unique model is not available. The aim was to evaluate the experience of the veterinary practitioners with the ADM. The response rate was 42%. The survey consisted of one questionnaire for each procedure. Procedure I was the delegation of anaesthesia for disbudding calves and procedures II and III were anaesthesia for castrating calves and lambs. RESULTS: Procedure I was performed with local anaesthesia in all farms of 51.8% of the veterinary practices, while this was only 39.3% and 7.6% for procedures II and III (p < 0.001). Anaesthesia for procedure I was administered technically correctly by farmers in at least 66% of the farms of 58.3% of the practitioners, while this was 45.4% and only 23.6% for procedures II and III (p < 0.001). The ADM was assessed as a moderate to very good model to reinforce the legal obligations for procedures I, II, or III by 74.8%, 76.5% and 62.0% of the veterinary practitioners (p < 0.005). CONCLUSIONS: The delegation of anaesthesia to certified farmers may be a promising model to reinforce the obligation to provide local anaesthesia for disbudding and castrating calves, but to a lesser extent for castrating lambs.

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 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:

Alsaaod, Maher; Doherr, Marcus; Greber, Deborah and Steiner, Adrian

Subjects:

600 Technology > 630 Agriculture
500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)

ISSN:

1746-6148

Publisher:

BioMed Central

Language:

English

Submitter:

Patrik Zanolari

Date Deposited:

06 Jan 2015 14:52

Last Modified:

02 Mar 2015 11:53

Publisher DOI:

10.1186/1746-6148-10-35

PubMed ID:

24495664

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.61423

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/61423

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