We are the Nottingham Equine Colic Project and we are a research group based at the University of Nottingham's School of Veterinary Medicine and Science. The following survey is part of a study investigating decision making during episodes of equine colic. This research is being conducted by the University of Nottingham, in collaboration with The British Horse Society and World Horse Welfare.
The aim of our current study is to establish horse owners’ experience of colic and their views on emergency planning in the event their horse was to develop this condition in the future. With this in mind we would like to invite you to take part in the following short survey, which should take around 10-25 minutes to complete. This survey is only open to those who currently own, or have a major role in emergency decision making for a horse, pony, donkey or mule. Examples of emergency decision making include deciding what veterinary treatments the animal should receive, or making decisions for euthanasia. Participants must be 18 years old or over.
This research study has been approved by the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science’s ethics committee. All information will remain anonymous, confidential and stored on a password protected database. Anonymised results of this study may also be published in relevant scientific publications, presented at research conferences or shared with select veterinary practices in order to ensure horse owners are being fully supported.
Your experiences and thoughts are essential to our research and we greatly appreciate you taking the time to help us. It is hoped that the information you provide us with will help us to better understand how horse owners prepare for and react to cases of colic.
If you have any questions, or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact us using the details provided below.
Thank you again for your help.
University of Nottingham Researcher:
Katie Lightfoot – PhD Student (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Professor Sarah Freeman (email@example.com)