Implementing a strategy to improve animal welfare in clinical practice - lessons from the PDSAs approach

17 Oct 2020

Hazel, S.

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What you need to know

  • An approach to animal welfare improvement that incorporates consultation with staff, clinical audit, education (of both staff and clients) and advocacy is highly effective.

  • If veterinary practices consult with staff to set outcomes to be included in regular clinical audits, real and measurable improvements in animal welfare can be made.

  • A positive feedback loop, in which staff contribute to decisions on outcomes to be measured and can see the impact of these decision in clinical audits, may improve job satisfaction and reduce workplace stress and burnout.

  • More work is needed to determine the best way to enhance discussions around ethically challenging situations in veterinary practice and relieve the moral distress that such situations may create.

  • In 2016, the BVA published its animal welfare strategy,1 outlining a way forward to enable improvements in animal welfare in the...