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Newly Emerging Veterinary Diagnostic Technologies: Exploring Attitudes, Behaviours and Wider Social Impacts
This paper outlines the results of a research project funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
Some specific action is needed as a result of use of point-of-care devices. â€œSome farmers still think, 'Whatâ€™s it worth? Whatâ€™s the point in testing it when youâ€™re only going to come back and tell me to treat it with antibiotics anyway?' â€ (Interview 11, vet in practice).
- Price of rapid/POC tests was identified as a likely primary barrier to adoption.
- Price sensitivity is species dependent e.g. with poultry demanding much cheaper tests than horses.
- The costs in relation to the benefit was important.
- The need for further expense e.g. requirement for subsequent use of a more costly diagnostic test should also be considered.
- Vets and levy boards are influential and could have a key role in driving adoption of these devices.
- The relationship between vets and farmers is critical in disease control.