1. Welcome to A Survey of Small Animal Anaesthesia and Analgesia in Australia

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                                          PARTICIPANT INFORMATION SHEET
PROJECT TITLE: A survey of small animal anaesthesia and analgesia as practiced by veterinarians in Australia
STUDENT RESEARCHER: Ms Priscila Oliveira Martins

Dear Participant,

You are invited to participate in the research project described below.

What is the project about?
This project aims to assess the current practice of anaesthesia and pain management in small animals by veterinarians. The last extensive examination of small animal anaesthetic practices was more than 15 years ago; so apart comparing this survey’s results to those of earlier ones it will provide an indication of the uptake and use of newer drugs and techniques. The results will be published in a veterinary journal to provide feedback to participants, and will help inform curriculum development for the teaching of anaesthesia and analgesia within university veterinary training programs.

Who is undertaking the project?
This project is being conducted by Dr Anthony Nicholson, a board certified veterinary anaesthetist and Ms Priscila Oliveira Martins a 4th year veterinary student, both at the University of Adelaide. This project will form the basis for the one semester Clinical Research Project course that Priscila is undertaking.

Why am I being invited to participate?
All registered veterinarians in Australia are invited to participate in this survey. The only requirement is that they engage in small animal anaesthesia and analgesia as part of their regular veterinary activities. Veterinarians working in mixed practice, government or academia are all encouraged to participate, not just those working exclusively with dogs and cats.

What will I be asked to do?
As a participant all that is requested is that you complete the online survey that follows this introduction. There are 50 questions, most of which only require ticking a check-box, with a few free text ones. Apart from a few demographic questions the majority relate to various aspects of dog and cat anaesthesia and pain management. Once completed there will be no need for any direct follow-up unless requested by you the participant.

How much time will the project take?
It is estimated that completion of the survey will take no more than 20 minutes 
Are there any risks associated with participating in this project?
It is highly unlikely that there be any risk associated with your participation in this survey and should you have any concerns at all you are free to withdraw from the survey at any time.

What are the benefits of the research project?
Multiple benefits are envisaged coming from this project. You as participant veterinarians will be able to gauge you practice of small animal anaesthesia and analgesia to that of your colleagues in respect to newer drugs and techniques. It may also be that through participating in this survey you might learn of new drugs and/or techniques that you were previously unaware of, or more likely have a better idea of how widespread their use is amongst your peers. It will also provide the industry with an overview of the adoption of newer drugs and techniques by veterinarians at large. The results will also help those who teach veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia which areas of clinical practice they may want to focus their teaching efforts.