The AVA Annual Conference is the nation’s premier veterinary event, covering all fields of veterinary science and in 2017 brought together over 920 veterinary professionals and 115 exhibitors.

We hope you will join us for the 2018 AVA Annual Conference in Brisbane, 13-18 May.    
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Tuesday, May 15 • 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Veterinarians making ethical decisions - how do they do it?

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It is acknowledged that having an understanding of how veterinarians approach ethical dilemmas, where there is no single right answer, would help inform future education and practice (Mullan 2012, Berry 2014), but there seems to be very little research or information in this area. This project used qualitative research methods to document the types of ethical issues veterinarians describe and explore their responses. The project aimed to investigate what types of ethical issues do veterinarians encounter when working in small animal practice; and what decisions do they make and why do they come to these conclusions? It is particularly important to understand the development of this process in these Veterinarians so that support in the form of ethics-based professional development programs can be developed and at the level of vet training, enabling academic staff to develop a relevant framework that is appropriate for particular clinical settings, in the teaching of veterinary ethics and ethical decision making.


Leonie Richards

University of Melbourne

Tuesday May 15, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Plaza P2 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre