Clinical Animal Behaviour: Paradigms, Problems and Practice

Mills, Daniel (2022) Clinical Animal Behaviour: Paradigms, Problems and Practice. Animals, 12 (22). pp. 1-24. ISSN 2076-2615

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Both the public and clinicians are interested in the application of scientific knowledge concerning problem animal behaviour and its treatment. However, in order to do this effectively it is essential that individuals have not only scientific literacy but also an appreciation of philosophical concepts underpinning a particular approach and their practical implications on the knowledge generated as a result. This paper highlights several common misunderstandings and biases associated with different scientific perspectives relevant to clinical animal behaviour and their consequences for how we determine what may be a useful treatment for a given patient. In addition to more reflective evaluation of results, there is a need for researchers to report more information of value to clinicians; such as relevant treatment outcomes, effect sizes, population characteristics. Clinicians must also appreciate the limitations of population level study results to a given case. These challenges can however be overcome with the careful critical reflection using the scientific principles and caveats described.

Keywords:veterinary behavioural medicine, scientific philosophy, scientific method, evidence based medicine, companion animals, behavioural medicine, behaviorism, applied behavioral analysis
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D390 Veterinary Sciences not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life and Environmental Sciences > Department of Life Sciences
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Deposited On:17 Feb 2023 16:50

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