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Table 3 Vignette, used in focus group session, describing a case scenario on 24-h emergency care

From: Challenges facing the veterinary profession in Ireland: 1. clinical veterinary services

Emma runs a small animal clinic in Co. Dublin. Podge, a cat with mega colon has been admitted for surgery. The owner is upset about leaving Podge and Emma reassures her, explaining that all pets are provided with ‘overnight care’ (e.g., automatic infusion pump, water or food). Emma omits to say, however, that animals are generally left unattended during the night, from 10 pm (time of the last medication) until 8 am.