Participant Information Sheet

PROJECT TITLE: Resilience in veterinary practice

Dear Participant,

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

What is the project about?

This project aims to explore what ‘resilience’ means to mid and late career veterinarians (5+ years post graduation) and the factors that contribute to resilience. Through this we hope to create a model of what resilience looks like in veterinary practice from the mid and late career veterinarians’ perspective, and identify strategies that might be useful for veterinarians in sustaining their resilience throughout their careers.

Who is undertaking the project?

This project is being conducted by Dr Michelle McArthur, The University of Adelaide, Dr Ingrid van Gelderen, The University of Sydney, Dr Susan Matthew, Washington State University, Dr Aaron Jarden, Flinders University and Mr Matthew Iasiello, SAMHRI. The project is funded by a Seed Grant from The University of Adelaide School of Animal and Veterinary Science.

Why am I being invited to participate?

You are being invited to participate in the study because you are a veterinarian registered in Australia.

What will I be asked to do?

In this study, you will be invited to complete a brief, anonymous survey about resilience in veterinary practice. 

We will also be conducting follow-up interviews aimed at exploring resilience in mid and late career in more detail. If you wish to be contacted about this you can provide your contact details at the end of the survey. We will only invite those veterinarians who wish to be interviewed to participate in this follow-up stage of the study. These contact details will be linked to the survey responses you have submitted but your survey responses will be de-identified through the assignment of unique codes prior to analysis. The interviews will be conducted either over the phone, via Skype or in person. The interview audio will be identified with a random code and digitally recorded so that it can be transcribed for analysis. The interviews will provide us with a depth of knowledge of your experiences that we cannot obtain from surveys. You will also have the option to be included in the draw to win one of five $20 direct debit cards.

Should you provide your consent for us to contact you, we will do so via your preferred method of contact, either email or phone.  

How much time will the project take?

The initial survey will take you 10-15 min to complete and the interview, should you choose to participate thereafter, will take 30-45 minutes of your time.

Are there any risks associated with participating in this project?

Other than the inconvenience of giving up your time, it is not expected that participating in this study will cause distress. However, if you do express any discomfort or distress, the following are excellent resources:

·       BeyondBlue (1300 224 636) advice and support for anxiety and depression

·       Lifeline 13 11 14 crisis support and suicide prevention

·       AVA Telephone counselling service for stress: 1800 337 068

What are the benefits of the research project?

This research is amongst the first in Australia to investigate the broad range of factors contributing to resilience in veterinary practice. The results will contribute to the body of knowledge about resilience in veterinary practice.

5% of survey complete.