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Decision Making
Everyday ethics
  1. Paul Roger

    Paul Roger is president of the Sheep Veterinary Society. After 25 years in general practice, he established a referral practice and consultancy service in farm animal health and production, based in Reeth, North Yorkshire. He has a particular interest in sheep and their welfare, and holds the RCVS diploma in sheep health and production and the certificate in animal 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‐and‐dried answer in such cases, and readers may wish to suggest an alternative approach. This month's dilemma, entitled ‘Bulldog caesarean’, was submitted by a reader and is presented and discussed by Paul Roger. 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 ‘Prize draw with a difference’, which was published in the January issue of In Practice, appears on page 96. 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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