Ethical guidance

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  • Abuse in animals and humans

    Most injuries seen in daily practice are the result of genuine accidents but veterinary surgeons will sometimes see cases of deliberate abuse or non-accidental injury (NAI). Since early intervention may prevent further abuse it is essential that the possibility of abuse is recognised.

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  • Animal welfare plan for livestock shows

    Background Agricultural shows present farm livestock at its best and boost public awareness of farming and conservation. Since 2012 BVA’s Ethics and Welfare Group (EWG) has had concerns about the welfare of animals at livestock shows and questionable practices.

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  • Euthanasia of animals guide

    Recent advances in surgery and pharmaceuticals have greatly increased the treatment options available to vets. In addition, euthanasia of an animal is an important part of veterinary work. Both of these situations can involve difficult decisions.

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  • Conformational changes and caesareans: reporting to the Kennel Club

    Veterinary surgeons should report all caesareans and conformational changes on KC registered dogs to the Kennel Club. Currently the level of reporting by owners far exceeds that done by the veterinary profession.

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  • Giving evidence in court

    As a professional witness you may attend a case in court and you may be required to provide a professional witness statement. A professional witness is a person who is deemed to have a professional qualification and has some direct professional involvement in the facts of the case.

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  • The role of the vet in treatment choice decision-making

    Recent advances in surgery and pharmaceuticals have greatly increased the treatment options available to vets as well as the potential cost to the customer. In addition, over the last few years the welfare of the animal has rightly become a more prominent consideration.

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  • Using animals as blood donors

    Using animals for blood donation raises certain ethical questions. Although the practice is legally permissible, it is very important that both staff and clients are aware of the risks.

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