Assessment of companion animal quality of life in veterinary practice and research
Version of Record online: 1 JUN 2009
© 2009 British Small Animal Veterinary Association
Journal of Small Animal Practice
Volume 50, Issue 6, pages 274–281, June 2009
How to Cite
Yeates, J. and Main, D. (2009), Assessment of companion animal quality of life in veterinary practice and research. Journal of Small Animal Practice, 50: 274–281. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-5827.2009.00755.x
- Issue online: 1 JUN 2009
- Version of Record online: 1 JUN 2009
- Accepted: 25 February 2009
Objectives: Quality-of-life (QOL) assessment is a novel field in veterinary medicine. It shares similarities with the more established fields of human QOL assessment and animal welfare science and could prove similarly useful.
Methods: This paper draws on existing literature on human QOL assessment, animal welfare, philosophy and animal QOL assessment.
Results: It provides practical recommendations for QOL assessment in veterinary practice and in veterinary research on what should be assessed, how it should be assessed and who should assess it.
Clinical Significance: These should assist veterinarians intending to develop their use QOL assessment.