Opinions towards companion animals and their welfare: a survey of Croatian veterinary students
29 January 2020
Although veterinarians are expected to have the main role in ensuring the welfare of all animals, it has been established that their perception of animal welfare may vary regarding animal species observed.
To the best of our knowledge, there is no literature report on a comprehensive study focusing solely on veterinary attitudes and opinions towards companion animal welfare. The present study included students of veterinary medicine in Croatia and revealed them to have strongly positive opinions, with minor oscillations, towards companion animals and their welfare throughout the study years.
This survey was the first one investigating opinions of veterinary students in Croatia towards companion animals and their welfare, with special reference to dogs and cats as the most popular companion animals in the European Union.
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