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Decision Making
Everyday ethics
  1. Martin Atkinson

    Martin Atkinson has worked in a singlevet small animal practice in Middlesex for 25 years and regularly contributes general interest articles to veterinary journals that draw 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 ‘A patient abroad’, 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. Discussion of the dilemma ‘A question of ownership’, which was published in the May issue of In Practice, appears on page 353.

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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