Ten steps for resolving ethical dilemmas in veterinary practice

Yeates, J. and McKeegan, D. (2019) Ten steps for resolving ethical dilemmas in veterinary practice. In Practice, 41(3), pp. 130-133. (doi:10.1136/inp.l1423)

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Abstract

Veterinary practitioners frequently face ethical dilemmas but it can be hard to know where to start in resolving them. Repeated exposure to challenging ethical conflicts may cause an erosion of emotional wellbeing and even a state of ‘moral distress’, a phenomenon that certainly exists in veterinary clinical environments and contributes to the generally stressful nature of the occupation. This article, the last in a series of three, describes a step-by-step framework to guide, structure and aid ethical reasoning for veterinary practitioners who are faced with difficult ethical dilemmas in practice. The first article in this series discussed the general principles of veterinary ethics (January/February 2019, volume 41, pp 42-44) and the second article applied these principles to a case of tail docking (March 2019, volume 41, pp 88-91).

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McKeegan, Dr Dorothy
Authors: Yeates, J., and McKeegan, D.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:In Practice
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN:0263-841X
ISSN (Online):2042-7689
Published Online:05 April 2019

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