Turkish Journal of Veterinary & Animal Sciences




The aim of this descriptive study was to examine the attitudes of veterinary undergraduate students towards cancer in animals with cognitive, affective, and behavioral dimensions by a new cancer attitude scale for animals approach. Questionnaires, as data collection tools, were applied to 205 students training to be veterinary surgeons at Afyon Kocatepe University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, who were selected by systematic random sampling method. Validity-reliability analysis and t-test as well as ANOVA were used in addition to descriptive statistics for the data analysis. The students? general attitudes to cancer were (X = 3.65) greater than the midscore, 3, according to 5-point Likert-type scale; however, in some issues (surgical intervention and biopsy cause cancer, understanding of treatment options with respect to cancer type, sugar loading during PET-SCAN imaging technique may cause side effects on cancer patients etc.) it was observed that their attitudes differed from the expected level. Moreover, the attitude of the students at cognitive level was more negative than their attitude for the affective and behavioral dimensions. In addition, affective and behavioral attitudes of female students and pet owners (dog or cat) were more positive.


Cancer, animal, attitude scale, veterinary students, cancer attitude scale for animals

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