Page 1: Participant Information Sheet


A survey to explore the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of UK veterinary professionals towards Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR) reporting.


Participant Information Sheet Version 2.0

You are being invited to participate in a research study. Before you decide whether to participate, it is important for you to understand why the research is being conducted and what it will involve if you do choose to take part.

Please take the time to consider the following information. Researcher contact details are listed below should you have any further questions.

We would like to stress that you do not have to accept this invitation and should only agree to take part if you want to.

What is the purpose of the study?

We are studying how the safety of veterinary medicines can be improved through the use of information systems. In order to do this we would like to gain a better understanding of why and how veterinary professionals in the UK report adverse drug reactions (ADRs), any barriers that may discourage you from reporting and also your views on how the current system for reporting ADRs could be improved by the use of information technology.

We will use the information we receive to develop new strategies to improve collection of drug safety data, this in turn will support safe use of medicines in animals.

Why have I been chosen to take part?

You are being invited to take part because you are a veterinary professional working in the UK.

Do I have to take part?

Participation is voluntary and you do not have to take part in this study. You are free to withdraw at any time until you have selected the ‘finish’ button on the final page of the questionnaire. After this point, as the questionnaire is anonymous, we will not be able to identify your responses and therefore cannot remove them. You do not have to give a reason if you do not wish to take part.

What will happen if I take part?

If you decide to take part you will need to complete an online questionnaire, which will take around 10-15 minutes.

Following the initial results of the questionnaire, we may wish to conduct further research (examples might include invitations to focus groups or semi-structured interviews). At the end of the survey you will be given the opportunity to leave your email address if you would be happy to be contacted for this purpose. If you choose to leave your email address this will not be linked to your answers which are anonymous.

How will my data be used?

Your email address if you choose to leave it will only be used for contact for additional information or if you win the prize draw. More detail regarding processing of this data should you choose to leave it and GDPR can be found on the relevant page of the questionnaire.

Expenses and/or payments

No expenses payments or reimbursements will be made for participation in this study. You can choose to be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win either a £50 amazon voucher or a Thornton’s chocolate hamper. To enter into the prize draw you will be required to leave your email address, this is completely voluntary. Your email address will not be used in the analysis of results. Winners will be drawn and contacted following completion of the study in December 2019.

Are there any risks in taking part?

There are no direct risks associated with taking part in this questionnaire.

Are there any benefits in taking part?

There are no direct benefits associated with taking part in this questionnaire, but we will use the data to improve veterinary drug safety.

What will happen to the results of the study?

The results will be used to inform strategies to make reporting adverse drug reactions easier. After analysis a summary of the results of the study will be available online at We will also aim to present them at a relevant conference and publish them in an easily accessible journal (e.g Veterinary Record or Journal of Small Animal Practice). 

What will happen if I want to stop taking part?

If you want to stop taking part in this study you can withdraw at any time until you have selected ‘finish’ at the end of the questionnaire. After this your answers will be anonymous and therefore we will not be able to withdraw your information.

What if I am unhappy or if there is a problem?

If you are unhappy, or if there is a problem, please feel free to contact the researchers listed below and we will try to help. If you remain unhappy or have a complaint which you feel you cannot communicate directly to the researchers then you should contact the Research Governance Officer on 0151 794 8290 ( When contacting the Research Governance Officer, please provide details of the name or description of the study (so that it can be identified), the researchers involved, and the details of the complaint you wish to make.

Who can I contact for further details?

Heather Davies

Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease

Leahurst Campus

Chester High Road

CH64 7TE



Dr David Killick

Institute of Veterinary Science

Leahurst Campus

Chester High Road

CH64 7TE


Please confirm that you have read and understood the above information and consent to participating in this study: