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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.

Abstract

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 ‘Maliciously injured kitten’, is presented and discussed by Martin Atkinson. Readers with comments to contribute are invited to send them as soon as possible, so that they can be considered for publication in the next issue.

The 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. A response to last month's dilemma, ‘Organic farm with languishing lambs’ appears on page 423.

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