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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).

Key findings

Some specific action is needed as a result of use of point-of-care devices. “Some farmers still think, 'What’s it worth? What’s the point in testing it when you’re only going to come back and tell me to treat it with antibiotics anyway?' ” (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.