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Speaking Up: Veterinary Ethical Responsibilities and Animal Welfare Issues in Everyday Practice

By Elein Hernandez, Anne Fawcett, Emily Brouwer, Jeff Rau, Patricia V Turner

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Abstract

Although expectations for appropriate animal care are present in most developed countries, significant animal welfare challenges continue to be seen on a regular basis in all areas of veterinary practice. Veterinary ethics is a relatively new area of educational focus but is thought to be critically important in helping veterinarians formulate their approach to clinical case management and in determining the overall acceptability of practices towards animals. An overview is provided of how veterinary ethics are taught and how common ethical frameworks and approaches are employed—along with legislation, guidelines and codes of professional conduct—to address animal welfare issues. Insufficiently mature ethical reasoning or a lack of veterinary ethical sensitivity can lead to an inability or difficulty in speaking up about concerns with clients and ultimately, failure in their duty of care to animals, leading to poor animal welfare outcomes. A number of examples are provided to illustrate this point. Ensuring that robust ethical frameworks are employed will ultimately help veterinarians to “speak up” to address animal welfare concerns and prevent future harms

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Katie Osborn

Date 2018
Publication Title Animals
Volume 8
Issue 1
ISBN/ISSN 2076-2615
Publisher Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Location of Publication Basel, Switzerland
DOI 10.3390/ani8010015
URL http://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/8/1/15
Language English
Additional Language English
Tags
  1. Advocacy
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Ethics
  4. Veterinary medicine