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Veterinary ethics: navigating tough cases

Veterinary ethics: navigating tough cases

Mullan, Siobhan, author; Fawcett, Anne, author

"What should a vet do when a client can't pay for their animal's treatment? Or when asked their opinion on the killing of wildlife for disease control? Or when observing an animal welfare problem whilst off duty? Ethical problems are an every day part of life for veterinarians, but it can be difficult to combine personal values with professional conduct. Veterinary Ethics presents a range of ethical scenarios that veterinarians and other allied animal health professionals may face in practice. The scenarios discussed are not only exceptional cases with potentially significant consequences, but often less dramatic everyday situations. The responses to these ethical problems are from practising veterinarians and acknowledged world experts in animal welfare and ethics. The advice given is thorough and detailed, covering different eventualities, the ethical knots and dilemmas, the personal feelings of those involved, as well as objective recommendations on ethical decision making and, where relevant, guidance from veterinary governing bodies and the law. The advice is framed in the form of veterinary life in the real world, not necessarily an ideal world. As well as practical guidance, the book takes a step back and explores the different philosophical arguments and standpoints and the resultant solutions and problems of each approach, examining the background and relationship between different philosophical schools of thought, ethics and veterinary care. The book strives to present decision making in response to ethical problems as transparently as possible, employing a range of ethical frameworks. The book also challenges the reader about their own decision making in given situations, what factors to consider and how they would achieve certain outcomes"--Publisher's description

eBook, Electronic resource, Book. English. Electronic books.
Published Sheffield, UK : 5M Publishing Ltd 2017
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Statement of responsibility: Siobhan Mullan and Anne Fawcett
ISBN: 1910455687, 1912178524, 9781910455685, 9781912178520
Note: Description based on online resource; title from electronic title page (ProQuest Ebook Central, viewed January 10, 2019).
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxv, 526 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color)
Subject: Veterinarians Professional ethics.; Veterinary Medicine ethics.; Animal Welfare ethics.; BUSINESS & ECONOMICS Business Ethics.; Animal Technicians ethics.; Veterinary medicine Moral and ethical aspects.; Veterinarians ethics.
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  1. What is veterinary ethics and why does it matter?
  2. Making ethical decisions
  3. Animal death
  4. Animal use
  5. Veterinary treatment
  6. Money
  7. Professionalism
  8. Errors and complications
  9. Consent
  10. Education and training
  11. Team relations
  12. Working with the law
  13. One health
  14. Wildlife
  15. Changing and cloning animals
  16. Final word