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Ethical Dilemmas in practice
Canine blood donor
  1. Vanessa Ashall

    Vanessa Ashall graduated from Liverpool in 2000. She spent three years in mixed practice in Yorkshire before working as a small animal locum in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. She became the Named Veterinary Surgeon at the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition in 2004 and joined Pet Blood Bank in 2007. She holds the RCVS certificate in 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-anddried answer in such cases, and readers may wish to suggest an alternative approach. This month's dilemma, ‘Canine blood donor’, is presented and discussed by Vanessa Ashall. 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 ‘Injured fawn’, which was published in the October issue of In Practice, appears on page 528.

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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