and are holding a quick snap survey of vets and nurses to discover what percentage of calls made to veterinary general practices out of hours are genuine emergencies, what percentage could wait (or should have been seen during the day), and what percentage are quite obviously non-urgent.

With the profession currently suffering a staffing crisis, some now question the ability of the profession to provide a blanket OOH service, and whether it should remain a requirement for all practices. 

A logical first step, however, might be to discover just what percentage of OOH calls really are genuine emergencies, and how many are simply the result of society's increasing demands for a 24 hour service, not just from the veterinary profession. Hence the survey. 

The question is open to veterinary surgeons and nurses working in general practice only. 

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