we submitted this commentary in response to a paper from our faculty which described negative results (no difference between treatment groups) in a study of coagulation in horses. we suggested that the presentation of 95% confidence intervals would help authors and readers better evaluate the study’s findings – not a new idea (Gardner and Altman, BMJ 1986), but slow to take hold in the veterinary literature. this was a nice collaborative effort between myself, our biostatistician, grace, and one of the co-authors of the original horse study, cathy.
summer projects are in full swing with a range of clinical and lab-based projects being expertly run by students from the veterinary medicine, neuroscience and psychology programmes.
we have a mix of new and returning students: tatum and kira are working on refining perioperative care in cats, maaria and kat are assessing rodent aversion to inhalational anaesthetics, cassie and hayley are comparing two novel rat pain assessment tools (the Rat Grimace Scale and burrowing behaviour), emily is working on improving temperature management in anaesthetised rats, jesse is completing his project on methods to predict endotracheal tube size in dogs and martha (not a student!) is building on a previous project by evaluating sound frequencies contributing to veterinary ICU noise levels…
Cassie was featured talking about her project in UToday, the Markin USRP site and the UCVM twitter feed!