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Decision Making
Everyday ethics
  1. James Yeates

    James Yeates graduated from Bristol in 2004. He worked in small animal practice while undertaking a BSc in bioethics, and is now studying for a PhD in veterinary ethics and law. He is a member of the council of the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons, with an interest in recent graduate issues.


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 ‘Prize draw with a difference’, was submitted by a reader and is presented and discussed by James Yeates. 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 ‘Shooting for pleasure’, which was published in the November/December 2008 issue of In Practice, appears on page 44. 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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