Saturday, August 8, 2015

How do you incorporate behaviour assessment into every consult?

How can vets incorporate behaviour assessments into consults?

Have you ever been concerned about your companion animal’s behaviour? If you are a vet, do you incorporate behaviour assessment into every veterinary consult? According to the American Animal Hospital Association, we should all be doing so (and to this end, consults should be longer – but that’s another discussion).

SAT reader Nell pointed out that AAHA has put together a resource for veterinarians, but I think this would also be of interest to vet students, nurses, technicians and owners, regarding behaviour. This one is worth printing out, reading and re-reading as it nearly summaries a LOT of information and incorporates fear free handling. As vets we tend to focus on the physical wellbeing of patients, which takes a lot of time and brainpower. But AAHA provides a compelling argument that we need to actively identify and address behavioural issues affecting our patients. You can view and download the guidelines here. Note that they are written with US veterinarians in mind and thus discuss some drugs that are not available in Australia.

On a completely frivolous note, someone forwarded this catchy song and I have not been able to dislodge it from my brain for about 72 hours. The song is not about animals, although many feature in the clip for no apparent reason at all. I dare you not to tap your feet or air guitar to thisone.

1 comment:

  1. Great link AnnE. Thanks for the info. Am pleased to note am doing many of these things instinctively, but it;s always good to brush up on behaviour.
    After reading a (non-EBM) CE article on cat-friendly clinics, I stopped pulling reluctant cats out of cages a while back, instead opening the door when cage is on the floor and allowing the cat to come out in its own time. I've found that most will come out this way and when I explain to the client that it's less confronting for their cat, they seem pleased by the effort. Especially when the cat comes out. If they won't come out, I usually pull the cage apart if possible.

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