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Examining the Differential Use of a North American Animal Poison Control Center by Veterinarians and the Public

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Title: Examining the Differential Use of a North American Animal Poison Control Center by Veterinarians and the Public
Author: Shahin Moghaddam Rashty, Keana
Department: Department of Population Medicine
Program: Population Medicine
Advisor: Pearl, David
Abstract: This thesis examined the use of a North American animal poison control center by veterinarians and the public using data collected by the Animal Poison Control Center (APCC). Using a multi-level logistic regression model, I determined that the odds of a veterinarian compared to the public calling the APCC were influenced by access to veterinary care in a region, dog characteristics, toxicant type, season, and year. Using the spatial scan statistic, spatial, temporal, and space-time clusters of excess veterinary and public calls were identified in the continental United States. These findings provide insight on how the APCC is used differently by veterinarians and the public, how its use has changed over time, and identified regions of differential use by these groups. These findings will allow the APCC and other animal poison control centers to improve the delivery of their services through better targeting of their user base.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10214/27273
Date: 2022-09
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