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Vaccine uptake and hesitancy in dogs and cats: Pre-Congress Event

VPU University of Liverpool Hall: Central Hall Stand: B102

Vaccination of companion animals is considered a crucial component of veterinary care. However, in recent years there have been indications of a decline in vaccination uptake in cat and dog populations and emergence of vaccine hesitancy amongst some owner groups (especially in relation to the tetravalent leptospirosis vaccines (L4)).

 We will be disseminating the results from this three-year PhD project that has examined the landscape of companion animal vaccination in the UK using both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Findings indicate a reduced appetite to vaccinate older animals and the emergence of ‘natural’ or alternative approaches to care being implicated in the perceived necessity and safety of vaccines.

Vets, vet nurses, and those involved with practice management or the pharmaceutical industry are invited to attend this pre- congress event, where results will be shared and the floor opened to propose and discuss strategies to encourage uptake of vaccinations in companion animals.  

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