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Decision Making
Everyday ethics
  1. Andrew Gardiner

    Andrew Gardiner qualified from Edinburgh in 1992 and gained the RCVS certificate in small animal surgery from general practice in 2000. In 2005, he obtained an MSc in the history of science, technology and medicine from the University of Manchester. He is currently completing a PhD on the development of British veterinary medicine from 1920, funded by the Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Programme. He is interested in the social and ethical aspects of veterinary and human medicine, and animal welfare.


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 ‘Has small animal practice gone too far?’ is presented and discussed by Andrew Gardiner. 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. Discussion of the dilemma ‘Veterinary nurse uneasy with vets' approach’, which was published in the last issue, appears on page 554.

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.

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