Diabetes Treatment Survey for vets, nurses and owners

Diabetes Treatment Survey

When treatment protocols for diabetes are assessed, the focus lies on how good such treatment is in dealing with the disease and this is often measured using objective parameters such as reduction of symptoms (weight, reduction of polyuria/polydipsia/polyphagia), and blood tests (glucose curves, fructosamine, glycosylated hemoglobin).

However, an important part of treatment success is in fact often overlooked and involves the impact the disease and its treatment have made on the pet's and owner's life and also how much the new treatment can normalise this impact on both their lives.

This survey tries to document this information, as well as the (dis)advantages of currently available treatment options and forms the first step in designing new and better diabetic treatment. It also aims to estimate the size of the population of cats and dogs that are not subjected to insulin treatment for a variety of often practical reasons.

Study Design:
Survey (online)

Inclusion Criteria:
Veterinary Practice Questionnaire (5-10 minutes): Veterinary surgeons and nurses working for practices/hospitals dealing with diabetic cats and dogs.
Owner Questionnaire (10-15 minutes): Owners of diabetic cats and dogs treated with insulin injections.

Exclusion Criteria:
Veterinary surgeons or owners not dealing with diabetic patients.

Survey Links:
Veterinary surgeons or nurses treating diabetic patients are invited to participate. Please click the link below if you deal with diabetic patients.
Veterinary survey:


Veterinary surgeons and nurses are encouraged to share the following link with clients that own and treat diabetic patients.
Client survey:

Primary Investigator Contact Info:
Stijn Niessen
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences,
Royal Veterinary College,
University of London, UK

Full Disclosure information:

  • The study is funded by an institutional grant.
  • The investigators do not have any conflict of interest.