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Decision Making
Everyday ethics
  1. Joy Pritchard

    Joy Pritchard graduated from Edinburgh in 1994 and spent four years in mixed practice in the UK, and two years as a veterinary volunteer in India. Since 2000 she has worked for the Brooke Hospital for Animals, where she is currently Head of Animal Welfare. She holds the RCVS certificate in animal welfare science, ethics and law.


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 ‐ on the ‘trotter struggling to walk’ ‐ is discussed by Joy Pritchard. Readers with comments to contribute should send them as soon as possible, so that they can be considered for publication in the next issue. This series is being coordinated by Siobhan Mullan, of the University of Bristol. It is hoped that it will provide a framework that will help practices find solutions when facing similar dilemmas. On page 229, she comments on the ‘in the owner's interests?’ dilemma, which was published last month.

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