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Decision Making
Everyday ethics
  1. Martin Atkinson

    Martin Atkinson has been in single‐handed small animal practice in Middlesex for 25 years and regularly contributes general interest articles to veterinary journals drawing on his practice experience.


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. Readers who wish to contribute to the discussion of this month's dilemma, entitled ‘Difficult dog’, are invited to do so and should send their comments as soon as possible, so that they can be considered for publication in the next issue. A response to the ‘Cetacean stranding’ dilemma, which was published last month, appears on page 560. This series is being coordinated by Siobhan Mullan, of the University of Bristol. It is hoped it will provide a framework that will help practices fi nd solutions when facing similar dilemmas. This month's dilemma is presented and discussed by Martin Atkinson.

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