Animal Health students at the University of Alberta are reaching out to the Small Ruminant Community across Canada to encourage participation in a Q fever awareness survey.
The project is being conducted by the School of Public Health, in collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and the Faculty of Agriculture. The intent of the survey is to gauge awareness of Q fever in small ruminant industries, and anyone who works with these animals is being asked to participate (e.g. producer or farmer, animal worker, dairy, abattoir, veterinary). The survey is expected to take between 5-10 minutes. At the end of the survey, you may enter to win a prize (a portable jumpstart-charger-powerpack for vehicles or equivalent gift card from Canadian Tire, or 1 of 5 $25 Tim Hortons coffee cards).
You can access the survey by clicking this link (https://is.gd/Qfever). Your answers are collected anonymously. If you would like to enter the draw (and/or if you’d like to receive survey results and Q fever material), please provide your email address in a separate site at the end. Your email will not be linked to your results and will not be used for any other purpose.
Please forward the survey link to friends, colleagues or other groups who work with sheep/goats. Please complete the survey soon, as data analysis and prize draws will begin on March 14. The link can be used as long as it is active.
Your time in completing this survey is really appreciated and will help further research on Q fever awareness.
Taresa Chieng, Bayley Facette, Max Kinsella, Hayley Kowalchuk, Grant Slaa, Deborah Yee
Fourth year students, BSc Animal Health, University of Alberta
Supervisors: Dr. Paul Stothard, Dr. SImon Otto, Dr. Lynora Saxinger, Dr. Stan Houston at the University of Alberta