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Decision Making
Postoperative responsibility
  1. Clare Main

    Clare Main graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1992 and spent three years in mixed practice before moving to small animal practice. She joined Hill's Pet Nutrition in 1998 as a veterinary business adviser and then set up her own practice in 2004 as a joint venture partnership. She is currently working as a small animal locum in Bristol.


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, ‘Postoperative responsibility’, was submitted by a reader and is presented and discussed by Clare Main. 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 ‘Canine blood donor’, which was published in the November/December 2009 issue of In Practice, appears on page 39.

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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