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Decision Making
Everyday ethics
  1. Linda Dykes

    Linda Dykes is a consultant in human emergency medicine with an interest in veterinary issues, particularly rabbits. In partnership with Cibyn Veterinary Surgery, Caernarfon, she recently set up a unique placement in comparative medicine for finalyear medical students to study similarities and differences between human and veterinary medicine.


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 ‘Rabbit tooth abscess’, is presented and discussed by Linda Dykes. 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 ‘Obese dog’, which was published in the March issue of In Practice, appears on page 233.

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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