Assessment of companion animal quality of life in veterinary practice and research

J Small Anim Pract. 2009 Jun;50(6):274-81. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-5827.2009.00755.x.


Objectives: Quality-of-life (QOL) assessment is a novel field in veterinary medicine. It shares similarities with the more established fields of human QOL assessment and animal welfare science and could prove similarly useful.

Methods: This paper draws on existing literature on human QOL assessment, animal welfare, philosophy and animal QOL assessment.

Results: It provides practical recommendations for QOL assessment in veterinary practice and in veterinary research on what should be assessed, how it should be assessed and who should assess it.

Clinical significance: These should assist veterinarians intending to develop their use QOL assessment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animal Husbandry / standards*
  • Animal Welfare / standards
  • Animals
  • Animals, Domestic / physiology*
  • Animals, Domestic / psychology*
  • Quality of Life
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Veterinarians / psychology*
  • Veterinary Medicine / methods
  • Veterinary Medicine / standards*