Dealing with dilemmas – animal welfare and ethics in everyday practice

Event date

12 October 2017

Venue location

British Veterinary Association
7 Mansfield Street


Helen Dingle, 0207 908 6336

Event type

Small animal clinical CPD


Dorothy McKeegan, Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow and James Yeates, Chief Veterinary Officer, RSPCA



 Early birdStandard
BVA member£195 (including VAT)£235 (including VAT)
Non-memberN/A£395 (including VAT)

Early bird rate applies to bookings made more than eight weeks in advance of the course date.

Event Description

Course programme (191KB PDF)

Registration will open at 09.30, with the course starting at 10.00. The course will finish at 17.00.

Evidence suggests that veterinary surgeons experience difficult ethical dilemmas regularly and that these situations are highly stressful. Typical veterinary ethical challenges involve decisions regarding treatment options, the welfare or quality of life of the animal, the interests of the client and the duty of care to both. Resolving these dilemmas requires consideration of medical, scientific, psychological, legal and economic facts as well as evaluating ethical justifications about what should be done – and not done. 

In this course, participants will gain underpinning knowledge of key ethical concepts a logical, step by step approach to ethical decision making will be presented. Many of these difficult cases require competency in welfare assessment and practical approaches to evaluation of patient welfare and quality of life will be included. These decisions need to be made in the context of animal welfare law, so the course will provide an introduction to relevant legislation and its application in practice. Group discussion of relevant case studies to will provide worked examples and practice in ethical reasoning. 

The five key things delegates will learn from this course are:

  • An awareness of key ethical concepts that may underpin decision making
  • How to utilize a logical approach to decision making
  • How to discuss and consider the views of relevant stakeholders in ethical dilemmas
  • How to apply practical approaches to welfare assessment
  • How to consider and apply relevant welfare legislation in veterinary decisions

Please note - if you want to book three courses for the price of two please call Helen Dingle on 020 7908 6336.

Terms & Conditions

Payment conditions Payment for BVA courses must be received in advance to guarantee your place. On acceptance of your booking a confirmation letter will be sent to you. Prices are subject to 20% VAT and bookings will be confirmed with a VAT notice. Member discount Please note that in order to qualify for the member discount it must be the member that attends the course. A member cannot book on behalf of a non-member to benefit from the discount. If a non-member attends in place of a member, they will be liable to pay the additional non-member fee. Book 3 courses for the price of 2 This offer is only valid for BVA members. All 3 courses must be booked at the same time. The cheapest course will be free. A practice may book using the offer and send a different member of their team to each course. This offer is only valid for BVA 2017 CPD courses and excludes media training courses and any webinars. The offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer relating to BVA CPD. Cancellation policy In event of cancellations received in writing no later than one calendar month in advance of the course, the fee will be returned less 25% to cover administration expenses. After that date no refunds will be possible. Substitutions may be made at any time, however, please see the condition about the member discount. Programme information The programme is correct at the time of going to press. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the programme may change and BVA reserves the right to cancel the event or alter the venue and/or speakers. Where circumstances force BVA to cancel a course, the liability of BVA shall be limited to a refund of any fees paid for the courses. BVA is not liable for any consequential loss.

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