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Views on equine-related research in Australia from the Australian equestrian community: Perceived outputs and benefits

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posted on 13.09.2018, 00:00 by Kirrilly ThompsonKirrilly Thompson, Larissa ClarksonLarissa Clarkson
OBJECTIVES: The extension of research into public practice is enhanced by communication and behaviour change strategies that are consistent with consumer needs and perspectives. To gain support for equine research (or to appreciate the perspectives contributing to disagreement), it is necessary to determine how aware consumers are of research, what research means to them, how they perceive its benefits (if at all) and how they engage with (or resist) it. Because of a surprising dearth of research evaluating consumer perceptions of research in any sector, our aim was to identify the perceived outputs and benefits of research from the perspective of the Australian horse owner. METHODS: We analysed the data for 930 participants in an online survey. RESULTS: Participants' understanding of research was associated with a broad terminology. Slightly more than half were aware of equine research that had taken place in Australia, with almost half reporting gaining some benefit, notably in relation to equine health. Although comments demonstrated an awareness of the collective benefit of research, research was made meaningful in relation to local conditions and participants' own equestrian disciplines. CONCLUSION: There is a significant opportunity for increasing awareness of Australia-based equine research and its value to owners of horses. The critical engagement with research by some owners suggests the need for communicators to present research in terms suitable for an intelligent lay audience, with clear identification of the personal and collective benefits for owners, horses and the equestrian community.

Funding

Category 3 - Industry and Other Research Income

History

Volume

94

Issue

4

Start Page

89

End Page

95

Number of Pages

7

eISSN

1751-0813

ISSN

0005-0423

Location

England

Publisher

Australian Veterinary Association

Language

eng

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Author Research Institute

Appleton Institute

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Australian Veterinary Journal