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Decision Making
Everyday ethics
  1. Michael Watts

    Michael Watts graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1980. The sole principal of a small rural practice on the County Down coast since 1994, he mixes dairy and companion animal practice with greyhound and marine mammal work. He formerly officiated at greyhound meetings at Ballymena and was part‐owner of ‘Up in Tyrone’, runner‐up in the T. A. Morris Stake in 2001. Currently the press officer and PRO of the Society of Greyhound Veterinarians, he shares his home with seven retired greyhounds.


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 ‘Injured greyhound’, should send their comments as soon as possible, so that they can be considered for publication in the next issue. A response to the ‘Neuter or just treat?’ dilemma, which was published in the last issue, appears on page 119. 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 find solutions when facing similar dilemmas. This month's dilemma is presented and discussed by Michael Watts.

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