Talking about pet obesity can be tricky and challenging for many veterinary professionals? A new study conducted at University of Guelph seeks to understand the potential impact of weight bias and stigmatism on veterinary care and the treatment of pet obesity.
This week we’re back talking about co-host Dr. Ernie Ward’s clinical area of interest, pet obesity. He and co-host Beckie Mossor, RVT are joined by Kat Sutherland, BScH, MSc, a PhD candidate from Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph to discuss an important study she’s undertaking with Dr. Jason Coe. Viewfinders, you can help!
The discussion begins with what weight bias and stigma is, how it is learned, and how it may affect our clinical recommendations and outcomes.
The trio discuss tips and advice to help your veterinary clinic team better communicate pet obesity to pet parents.
Viewfinders, there’s A LOT to process in this episode. We hope you’ll take the survey (and a chance to with $100! Canadian money, but, still…) to help us ultimately provide better patient carte. Thank you, Kat! (And what a pawfect name!)
Kat Sutherland, BScH, MSc
Department of Population Medicine
Ontario Veterinary College
University of Guelph
Exploring veterinary professional-client communication related to pet weight
Veterinary Professional Survey