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Table 1 Survey responses given by veterinarians

From: Causes of stress and conflict in the veterinary professional workplace – a perspective from Poland

Questions and answers n
(answers received)
Percent
Q1a. What is the type of your employment?
 Owner of veterinary practice 80 28.6%
 Employee in veterinary practice 88 31.4%
 Approved Veterinarian (self-employed, nominated by District Veterinary Officer for official activities, e.g. meat inspection) 28 10%
 Official Veterinarian (employed full-time in Veterinary Inspectorate) 20 7.1%
 Employee in a veterinary laboratory 4 1.4%
 Representative of a veterinary pharmaceutical company working for marketing and sale promotion 32 11.4%
 Employee in veterinary drugs warehouse 0 0%
 Employee in a plant producing feed for poultry, swine or cattle 12 4.3%
 Employee in the company involved in animal sale and purchase 8 2.9%
 Other 8 2.9%
Q2. What is your gender?
 Female 76 35.8%
 Male 136 64.2%
Q3. Select your age.
 25–35 80 37.7%
 36–45 44 20.8%
 46–55 48 22.6%
 56–65 40 18.9%
 Over 65 0 0%
Q4. How often do you encounter conflicts at work?
 At least once a week 36 17%
 Once every two weeks 12 5.7%
 Once a month 48 22.6%
 Once a quarter 36 17%
 Once in six months 32 15.1%
 Once a year 12 5.7%
 Less than once a year 36 17%
Q5.a Which animal groups do conflicts most often involve?
 Exotic animals 4 1.5%
 Wild animals 0 0%
 Companion animals 76 29.2%
 Ruminants 24 9.2%
 Horses 0 0%
 Swine 100 38.5%
 Fur animals 0 0%
 Poultry 56 21.5%
Q6.a With whom does the conflict arise?
 Animal owner 132 43.4%
 Employer 32 10.5%
 Workmate 48 15.8%
 Animal supplier 0 0%
 Feed supplier 36 11.8%
 Laboratory 4 1.3%
 Official Veterinarian 36 11.8%
 Other 16 5.3%
Q7. How do you assess your work in terms of conflict-causing factors?
 Low conflict 72 34%
 Moderate conflict 100 47.1%
 High conflict 40 18.9%
Q8. How do you assess your work in terms of the number of conflicts when compared to other professions?
 Less conflicting 10 4.7%
 Equally conflicting 124 58.5%
 More conflicting 60 28.3%
 Definitely more conflicting 18 8.5%
Q9. Do you often think about your conflict from work in your private time?
 Practically always 88 41.5%
 Occasionally 60 28.3%
 Rarely 60 28.3%
 Not at all 4 1.9%
Q10. Does the conflict party often questions your authority?
 It has never happened to me 28 13.2%
 Rarely 64 30.2%
 Occasionally 68 32.1%
 Often 44 20.7%
 Always 8 3.8%
Q11. Do you think that conflicts in your work negatively affect you and your attitude towards other people?
 No 28 13.2%
 Rather no 72 34%
 Rather yes 70 33%
 Yes 28 13%
 I have no opinion 14 6.6%
Q12.a What is the most important source of conflicts at your work?
 Too high expectations of animal owners 92 29.9%
 Failure in feed quality by its supplier 28 9.1%
 Failure in quality by animal supplier 44 14.3%
 Random situations 96 31.2%
 Other 48 15.6%
Q13.a What is the most common cause of conflict escalation?
 One party wants to show its superiority at all costs (“mine on top”) 72 23.1%
 Money 88 28.2%
 Cultural, religious and social differences 4 1.3%
 Emotional attachment of the owner to the animal 36 11.5%
 Lack of information and wrong conclusions 96 30.8%
 Own internal conflict over the situation 4 1.3%
 Other 12 3.8%
  1. a Asterisks indicate questions to which more than one answer was possible