1. Tell us your thoughts about how you currently recieve biosecurity information

How should authorities and leading animal health agencies quickly and widely communicate information about biosecurity threats which may impact animal health and welfare? 
Are current communication mediums working well? Do new processes need to be implemented or created? 

We are kindly asking registered veterinary practitioners within Australia to fill out a short online survey (which should take no longer than 10 minutes) about their communication preferences to biosecurity information.
Why? Updating veterinary practitioners on the latest biosecurity information relating to domestic and exotic animal health and disease alerts is of the utmost importance to enhance knowledge of this information in the sector and so that the most up to date information is being communicated to domestic animal owners.
The aim of this project is to better understand how to communicate with you (veterinary practitioners) in times of both notifiable and non-notifiable biosecurity alerts and animal disease outbreaks. The results will ensure that current and future communications in this space are tailored to communication mediums which veterinary practitioners are regularly engaged with.
This information will also assist communication professionals in the biosecurity realm so that information on these issues can be tailored and targeted in times of biosecurity alerts, ensuring the majority of Vets within Australia are reached.

This survey is being undertaken as part of an Australian National University Master of Science Communication Research Project. 

The survey results will be published within the scientific literature and the findings will be publicised through veterinary groups.
Survey participants remain anonymous and no contact details are requested only demographic data.
A complete copy of the 'Participant's Information Sheet' can be downloaded here.

Queries, concerns or for more information:
Primary investigator: Dr Ian McDonald (completing a Master of Science Communication)
Tel: 0439 746 556
Email: ian.mcdonald@anu.edu.au

Supervisor: Dr Merryn McKinnon
Tel: 02 6125 4951
Email: merryn.mckinnon@anu.edu.au

The ethical aspects of this research have been approved by the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee (Protocol 2017/317). If you have any concerns or complaints about how this research has been conducted, please contact:
Ethics Manager
The ANU Human Research Ethics Committee
The Australian National University
Telephone: +61 2 6125 3427
Email: Human.Ethics.Officer@anu.edu.au

* 1. I have read and understood the information above about the research project, and I have had any questions and concerns about the project addressed to my satisfaction.

* 2. Are you currently a registered veterinarian within Australia

* 3. Which state or territory veterinary board/s are you currently registered with?

* 4. Which area do you identify yourself as living and working in?

* 5. Which age group do you fit in to?

* 6. How long have you been a practising veterinarian?

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