Preliminary insight into horse owners' perceptions of, and attitudes towards, exotic diseases in the United Kingdom

Spence, K L and Cardwell, J M and Slater, J D and Rosanowski, S M (2019) Preliminary insight into horse owners' perceptions of, and attitudes towards, exotic diseases in the United Kingdom. BMC Veterinary Research, 15 (338).

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Abstract

The potential for an exotic disease incursion is a significant concern for the United Kingdom (UK) equine industry. Horse owners’ perceptions of, and attitudes towards, exotic diseases can influence decisions to adopt disease preparedness strategies. The objectives of this study were to describe horse owners’ 1) perceptions of the term ‘exotic disease’, and 2) attitudes towards their risk of being affected by an exotic disease. In order to address these objectives, qualitative content analysis was undertaken on data collected using two open-ended survey questions.

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