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Ethics of small animal orthopaedics
  1. Jamie McClement
  1. Abington Park Referrals, Moulton College, West Street, Moulton, Northampton NN3 7RR
  1. email: jamie.mcclement{at}

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I feel compelled to write a response to Nigel Taylor on his article ‘Being cutting edge – always right for patients?’ (VR, 15 June 2019, vol 184, p 745), in order to provide reassurance to those who may be concerned.

I understand that one clinician’s innovation is another’s over treatment

Taylor expressed reservations about the standard and ethics of small animal orthopaedics in UK practice, which I am happy to say do not fit my experience of working in this field. I understand that one clinician’s innovation is another’s over treatment; however, I am not sure that these concerns are well founded.

I can’t see that a ‘remorseless quest for a newer, more effective repair for (an) age-old …

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