Do Veterinary Professionals Have Weight Bias toward Pet Obesity?

Veterinary Viewfinder Podcast

Jun 30 2021 • 31 mins

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!) … CONTACT: 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 https://uoguelph.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9WQv1GscKazDhTU