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Decision Making
Everyday ethics
  1. Sue Haslam

    Sue Haslam graduated from Bristol in 1980 and gained a doctorate in 2003. She is a research fellow in the Division of Farm Animal Science at Bristol University and holds the RCVS diploma in animal welfare science, ethics and law.


THIS series gives readers the opportunity to consider and contribute to the discussion of some of the ethical dilemmas that can arise in veterinary practice. Each month, a case scenario is presented, followed by discussion of some of the issues involved. In addition, a possible way forward is suggested; however, there is rarely a cut‐and‐dried answer in such cases, and readers may wish to suggest an alternative approach. This month's dilemma, entitled ‘In the owner's interests?’, has been submitted by a reader; names have been changed to protect the identity of the parties involved. Anyone who wishes to contribute to the discussion of the dilemma should send their comments as soon as possible, so that they can be considered for publication in the next issue. A response to the case of the ‘coughing Cavalier’, which was published last month, appears on page 160. The series is being coordinated by Siobhan Mullan, of the University of Bristol. It is hoped that it will provide a framework that will help practices find solutions when facing similar dilemmas. This month's dilemma is discussed by Sue Haslam.

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