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Decision making
Gut instinct and clinical decision making
  1. Richard Brown
  1. School of Veterinary Medicine, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong, e-mail: ralbrown@city.edu.hk

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IN her editorial on the teaching and development of moral reasoning skills (VR, August 1, 2015, pp 122-123), Liz Mossop states: ‘We must be careful that veterinary ethics teaching is not just the delivery of theory. Ethical theory should perhaps be viewed as a toolkit to enhance reasoning skills, just as many theories taught at veterinary school are a scaffold on which to develop knowledge and skills. The use of an ethical matrix to map stakeholders and their interests in the patient to the major ethical theories is important, and this case-based approach should encourage students to move from “preconventional” reasoning to a higher level of “postconventional” reasoning where critical …

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