Q&A: Improving the Way Vets Care for Animals and People

April 29, 2021

Dr. Ryane Englar, directory of veterinary skills development and associate professor of veterinary medicine, had the opportunity to discuss her recent JAVMA study with science writer, Mikayla Mace Kelley from University Communications. To read the full article, click the link below.

Veterinarians, pet owners and breeders often have preconceived notions about each other, but by investigating these biases, experts at the University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine hope to improve both human communication and animal care.

"Veterinary medicine may require us to treat the patient, but we are unable to improve pet patient outcomes without human client consent and trust. Communication is an essential component of veterinary practice," said Ryane Englar, an associate professor and the director of veterinary skills development for the college. "As an anecdotal example, vets and breeders don't always get along, but there was no research on these subjects. I wondered, what do the groups want and need? If they are aligned in any way, how can we work with one another better?"

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