Funding for this research was provided by:
Working Dog Centre, Massey University (N/A)
Graduate Research School, Massey University (N/A)
School of Veterinary Science, Massey University (N/A)
Gribbles Veterinary Pathology (N/A)
Received: 6 November 2019
Accepted: 4 February 2020
First Online: 17 February 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: This study has been approved by the Massey University Animal Ethics committee (protocols 15/26 and 18/53). All dog owners have given oral consent to their dogs being included in the study.Written consent is not a requirement in New Zealand and there are many cases in which projects will be approved without written consent. In this survey verbal consent was considered both acceptable and appropriate: 1) the dog owners had to agree to allow the veterinarian to visit the property, 2) when the veterinarian arrived the dog owners had to consent to them being there and 3) the owner had to provide the dog to the veterinarian for examination. Further, at each round of data collection dog owners were free to withdraw. Several did withdraw from the study and others did not return phone calls. In terms of the actual process of ethical approval, when the proposal was sent to the Massey University Animal Ethics Committee the method of gaining consent was not included and the Committee did not require the inclusion of this prior to approval.
: Not applicable.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.