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Assessment of quality of life in veterinary practice: developing tools for companion animal carers and veterinarians

Authors Mullan S

Received 19 February 2015

Accepted for publication 30 March 2015

Published 21 May 2015 Volume 2015:6 Pages 203—210


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Professor Takashi Agui

Siobhan Mullan

Department of Clinical Veterinary Science, University of Bristol Veterinary School, Bristol, UK

Abstract: Quality-of-life assessments aim to provide an all-encompassing evaluation of animal welfare. In comparison to more limited, disease-focused welfare assessments, they have the potential to better identify welfare deficiencies, allowing veterinarians to target improvement strategies for greater benefit. Individuals or populations of companion animals may be assessed and carers and/or veterinarians may contribute to the assessment. Quality-of-life assessments are widely used within the human health care setting, and although the number of veterinary assessment tools is substantially fewer, these tools cover a range of methodologies. Further research to validate existing tools and develop new ones is recommended. Guidance for implementing and evaluating the usefulness of quality-of-life assessment tools within companion animal veterinary clinics is presented.

Keywords: quality of life, welfare, companion animals, veterinary practice, evidence-based veterinary medicine

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