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Scientific Literacy of Equine Students Regarding the Use of Antibiotics and Vaccines
National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics (2016)
  • S.L. Mastellar, South Dakota State University
  • R.C. Bott, South Dakota State University
Abstract
There exists much misinformation about antibiotic and vaccine use. An understanding of these
topics is important for the use of these tools for the best equine health outcomes. The purpose of
this study was to evaluate students’ understanding of antibiotics and vaccines, identify learned
misinformation, and establish baseline data. A survey was administered at the beginning of
Equine Health & Disease (AS 213) and Horse Production (AS 365) at South Dakota State
University during the spring 2016 semester. AS 213 is not a prerequisite for AS 365. Results of
the survey suggest that students may come with some understanding of the concepts surrounding
antibiotic and vaccine use (Table 1), but are willing to administer vaccines and antibiotics in
situations where they are unwarranted (Table 2). This data suggests that misconceptions related to
vaccine and antibiotic use exist in the student population and there may be a need for increased
instructional emphasis on the application of vaccines and antibiotics in equine management.
Disciplines
Publication Date
June 6, 2016
Location
Hackettstown, NJ
Comments
This item is a conference abstract and presentation slides.
Citation Information
S.L. Mastellar and R.C. Bott. "Scientific Literacy of Equine Students Regarding the Use of Antibiotics and Vaccines" National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics (2016)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sara-mastellar/8/