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ALMOST 150 delegates, speakers and exhibitors from the UK and Europe attended the inaugural meeting of the Association of Charity Vets (ACV), held at Nottingham veterinary school on February 2. Those attending the meeting included veterinary surgeons working for the main animal charities, private practitioners providing services to charities under contract or within their practices, and veterinary students.
The main part of the day was taken up with relevant CPD. A range of subjects was covered by a number of speakers, beginning with Dorothy McKeegan, from the University of Glasgow. Discussing ethical decision making, Dr McKeegan explained that vets often faced complex situations that could lead to daunting dilemmas. On a daily basis, they undertook an ethical reasoning process, trying to balance the interests of all parties involved, but often the reasoning behind a particular decision was hidden. Ethical reasoning was a skill that could be learned, practiced and improved, she said, and veterinary students were now being taught the skills required.
Reasoning through ethical decisions could help to eliminate feelings of guilt in some situations, Dr McKeegan said. She also …
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