Korean J Vet Res > Volume 54(2); 2014 > Article
Korean Journal of Veterinary Research 2014;54(2):101-105.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.14405/kjvr.2014.54.2.101    Published online June 30, 2014.
A survey of the use of veterinary anesthetics in Korea
Jae-Won Lee1, Jeong Ik Lee2, Yoon Ju Cho3, Young-Ah Lee4, Jong-In Kim1, Bo Ram Hwang1, Hyung Joon Kim1, Hyunjhung Jhun5, Jin Soo Han1
1The Institute for the 3Rs & Department of Laboratory Animal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine and Veterianry Science Research Institute
2Department of Biomedical Science & Technology, IBST, Konkuk University
3Department of Pet Science, Seojeong College University
4Department of Animal Science, Shingu College University
5Laboratory Animal Research Center, Konkuk University
This study was conducted to investigate actual conditions associated with veterinary anesthetic drug use in Korea, and to obtain responses from Korean veterinarians and researchers pertaining to the use of anesthetic drugs. To accomplish this, a nationwide survey was issued to veterinarians working at animal hospitals and to researchers in the Korean Association for Laboratory Animal Science (KALAS). A self-administered questionnaire-based survey was then conducted in which respondents were asked questions about actual conditions associated with the use of animal anesthetic drugs. The survey revealed that the distribution and management of animal medicines in Korea was quite vulnerable to misuse or abuse due to a variety of factors. Therefore, a relevant regulatory system should be strictly enforced to protect vulnerable individuals from abuse or misuse.
Key Words: anesthetic, drug abuse, prescription drug misuse, researchers, veterinarians

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