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Table 1 Responses to the seven questions asked in a survey on “experiences with the delegation of anaesthesia for disbudding and castration to trained and certified livestock owners” in Switzerland (2012)

From: Experience with the delegation of anaesthesia for disbudding and castration to trained and certified livestock owners

Question 1: In my client farms, in which procedures I, II or III are conducted, anaesthesia is still administered by vets of my practice. This applies to .% of my client farms. Statistical comparison (p-values of cross tabulation and Pearson’s chi square test)
Answers 0% 1-33% 34-66% 67-99% 100% vs proc I vs proc II vs proc III overall
Procedure I 2.5% 28.8% 25.2% 35.0% 8.5%    < 0.0001  
Procedure II 2.4% 27.1% 18.7% 36.1% 15.7% 0.279    
Procedure III 26.5% 46.3% 14.3% 8.2% 4.7%   < 0.0001   
Procedures I-III          < 0.0001
Question 2: As compared to the situation prior to the introduction of the ADM, my practice now performs …. anaesthesia for procedures I, II or III in my client farms.     
Answers Clearly less Less Equal More Clearly more vs proc I vs proc II vs proc III overall
Procedure I 11.3% 25.0% 39.4% 10.6% 13.7%    0.007  
Procedure II 9.4% 26.9% 44.4% 8.8% 10.5% 0.774    
Procedure III 18.0% 18.0% 48.2% 12.2% 3.6%   0.012   
Procedures I-III          0.022
Question 3: In my client farms, procedures I, II or III are still performed without anaesthesia. This applies to …% of my client farms.     
Answers 0% 1-33% 34-66% 67-99% 100% vs proc I vs proc II vs proc III overall
Procedure I 51.8% 41.4% 5.6% 1.2% 0.0%    0.0001  
Procedure II 39.3% 50.9% 6.7% 3.0% 0.0% 0.122    
Procedure III 7.6% 38.6% 29.7% 23.4% 0.7%   0.0001   
Procedures I-III          0.0001
Question 4: In my client farms, external certified lay person administer anaesthesia for procedures I, II or III. This applies to …% of my client farms.     
Answers 0% 1-33% 34-66% 67-99% 100% vs proc I vs proc II vs proc III overall
Procedure I 49.4% 43.1% 4.4% 3.1% 0.00%    0.143  
Procedure II 66.1% 30.9% 1.8% 1.2% 0.00% 0.018    
Procedure III 45.7% 40.7% 11.4% 2.2% 0.00%   < 0.0001   
Procedures I-III          < 0.0001
Question 5: My experience with the ADM showed that my certified clients administer the anaesthesia for procedures I, II or III technically correct. This applies to …% of my client farms.     
Answers 0% 1-33% 34-66% 67-99% 100% vs proc I vs proc II vs proc III overall
Procedure I 3.8% 16.7% 21.2% 52.5% 5.8%    0.001  
Procedure II 12.9% 22.7% 19.0% 37.4% 8.0% < 0.0001    
Procedure III 12.5% 36.1% 27.8% 22.2% 1.4%   0.001   
Procedures I-III          < 0.0001
Question 7: Some certified farmers realised that administration of anaesthesia for procedures I, II, or III is a demanding task and, therefore, continued to assign their contract veterinary practice to administer anaesthesia. This applies to …% of my client farms.     
Answers 0% 1-33% 34-66% 67-99% 100% vs proc I vs proc II vs proc III overall
Procedure I 17.8% 51.4% 19.8% 9.6% 1.4%    < 0.0001  
Procedure II 15.6% 50.4% 19.8% 12.8% 1.4% 0.587    
Procedure III 50.4% 31.3% 14.8% 3.5% 0.00%   < 0.0001   
Procedures I-III          < 0.0001
Question 8: I assess the ADM as … model to reinforce the legal obligation to administer local anaesthesia for procedures I, II, or III.     
Answers Very poor Poor Moderate Good Very good vs proc I vs proc II vs proc III overall
Procedure I 6.8% 18.4% 28.8% 35.0% 11.0%    0.004  
Procedure II 6.2% 17.3% 40.7% 29.0% 6.8% 0.202    
Procedure III 15.2% 22.8% 35.1% 22.8% 4.1%   0.043   
Procedures I-III          0.005
  1. vs = versus; procedure I = anaesthesia for disbudding of calves less than 3 weeks of age; procedure II = anaesthesia for castration of calves less than 2 weeks of age; procedure III = anaesthesia for castration of lambs less than 2 weeks of age; vs = versus; ADM = anaesthesia delegation model; significance level for overall test: p < 0.05; significance level for pairwise comparisons was adjusted according to Bonferroni: padj < 0.0167.