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Everyday ethics
To refer or not?
  1. Michael Stevenson

    Michael Stevenson graduated with a BSc in pathological science in 1990 and a BVMS in 1992, both from Edinburgh. He is now a partner at AAS Vets, a small animal practice in Gloucester and Stroud. He is on the Veterinary Products Committee, and is particularly interested in orthopaedics and anaesthesia.


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, ‘To refer or not?’, is presented and discussed by Michael Stevenson. 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 ‘Disbudding illegally?’, which was published in the February issue of In Practice, appears on page 123.

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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