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Decision Making
Everyday ethics
  1. Madeleine Neale

    Madeleine Neale graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2001. After spending two years in a mixed practice in Sussex and two years locuming, she now works at Bristol University in a position funded by Soil Association Certification Limited. Her role involves advising on, providing training in and researching all veterinary aspects of organic farming, with a particular focus on implementing welfare assessment.


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 ‘Substandard stockmanship’, is presented and discussed by Madeleine Neale. 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 patient abroad’, which was published in the June issue of In Practice, appears on page 417.

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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