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Changing Veterinary Attitudes towards Delivering Biosecurity Advice to Beef Farmers

Howarth, Barnaby Edmund; van Winden, Steven


Barnaby Edmund Howarth

Steven van Winden


Biosecurity advice is an important way veterinarians can help farmers to reduce disease burdens on their farms. Many different factors are at play when delivering this advice, one being veterinary competence and their communication skills. This study looked at the private veterinary practitioners’ perceptions of their own competence to deliver biosecurity advice as part of a longitudinal biosecurity project. Their responses were collected in the form of a telephone questionnaire. The results showed significant increases in private veterinary practitioners’ responses to comfort (p = 0.022), capability (p = 0.002), and consistency (p = 0.006) as well as an increase of uptake of advice (p = 0.015) as the project progressed. The mean time spent delivering biosecurity advice increased and dropped subsequently, suggesting an initially more thorough and later on a more efficient process. The overall perceptions of the veterinarians of the study were also assessed. The results suggest development of the participating veterinarians following the conscious-competence learning model showing a need to improve the knowledge and training of future generations of private veterinary practitioners in the area of biosecurity with, in particular, an increased focus on the importance of the veterinarian–farmer relationship.


Howarth, B. E., & van Winden, S. (2021). Changing Veterinary Attitudes towards Delivering Biosecurity Advice to Beef Farmers. Animals, 11(7), 1969.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 30, 2021
Online Publication Date Jun 30, 2021
Publication Date Jun 30, 2021
Deposit Date Jul 2, 2021
Publicly Available Date Jul 6, 2021
Journal Animals
Print ISSN 2076-2615
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 7
Pages 1969
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