The survey was developed using focus group input, refined and put into Qualtrics. Pilot testing was performed using initial focus group participants, experts in the field, human and animal caregivers. The survey was amended for clarity and disseminated. The sample size for owners, human caregivers and non-veterinary personnel has been reached at 84% of approximately 1200 respondents. Approximately one fourth of the sample was to be veterinary personnel, and that target has not been met. Another round of dissemination has been performed. It is expected that a 25% respondent rate will be achieved within the next several rounds of dissemination of the survey to be performed in the next 6 weeks.
Roschelle Heuberger, PhD, RD
Director Graduate Programs in Nutrition
Central Michigan University