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Decision Making
Everyday ethics
  1. Pippa Swan

    Pippa Swan graduatedfrom Liverpool in 1993. She has worked as an expert witness for the RSPCA, and is currently working in small animal practice. She holds the RCVS certificate in animal welfare science, ethics and law.


THIS series gives readers the opportunity to consider and contribute to 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 ‘Ex‐client with an emergency’, is presented and discussed by Pippa Swan. 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 ‘Substandard stockmanship’, which was published in the July/August issue of In Practice, appears on page 477. 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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