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Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of British Columbia veterinary professionals regarding ticks, tick-borne diseases, and passive surveillance systems

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Introduction: Tick populations are expanding in Canada, bringing an increased risk of tick-borne diseases (TBDs). Little is known about how British Columbia (BC) veterinary professionals handle ticks and their engagement with passive surveillance programs. Methods: BC veterinary professionals were surveyed about ticks, TBDs, and passive surveillance systems. BC passive surveillance data was also collected and analyzed. Results: Vet professionals lacked awareness of endemic tick species. Most vets felt they had an average ability to identify species, and most did their own ID. They were more likely to engage with passive surveillance systems when they are free. Lyme disease was the top TBD vet professionals wanted more information about. Conclusion: We recommend tick ID guides be provided to veterinary clinics in BC. Knowledge translation of passive surveillance to vet professionals should be prioritized to capture tick populations as well as present and emerging TBDs in the changing climate in BC.
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Thesis advisor: Nicol, Anne-Marie
Thesis advisor: Hogg, Robert
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