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Law and Veterinary Medicine First Hour: Introduction November 2, 2006 Paul Waldau, D.Phil., J.D.
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We begin with a practice issue ± Suppose you own a veterinary clinic ± One of your long-term human clients dies ± The client leaves a will in which your veterinary clinic is instructed to “put to sleep” any cats and dogs that are alive when the patient dies ± What can you do? ± If you kill the surviving cats and dogs, will you be subject to discipline of any kind? ± Must you kill the animals? ± Can you refuse?
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Central Concept–6 boxes diagram - Mapping different sources of “Right” and “Wrong”
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Know this diagram ± Be able to draw it ± Be able to label & explain each box accurately ± Reading that explains the 6 boxes diagram: “Comments on Law, Ethics, and Other Sources of ‘Right’ and ‘Wrong’” ± “Minutes Paper” November 6 on this diagram
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Suggestion ± If you’re asked about an issue with ethical, legal or practical dimensions, it’s helpful to answer by reference to the categories in the 6 boxes diagram ± Develop this ability from the beginning
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… the hypothetical again … ± You own a veterinary clinic ± Long-term human client dies ± … leaves a will in which your veterinary clinic is instructed to “put to sleep” any of his surviving cats and dogs
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Hypothetical in terms of the 6 boxes ± Law ± Is it illegal to use a will to order the death of an animal? ± What effect does a valid legal will have upon your right to choose a course of action? ± Ethics/Professional ± What does the AVMA say about euthanasia? ± … about your right to choose clients? ± Ethics/Social ± What do social values imply you should do when a will authorizes killing animals? ± Can social values be in conflict?
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Hypothetical in terms of the 6 boxes ± Ethics/Normative ± What might philosophical approaches to ethics suggest is the moral course of action? ± Ethics/Personal ± What is the nature and relevance of YOUR OWN VALUES? ± Prudence ± What is wise/stupid to do?
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6 boxes in large animal medicine ± Early in your third year, you’ll work with swine ± What is the law? As a professional you will be held responsible to know the applicable law ± FYI—law in the area of production animals is fundamentally different than law in the area of companion animals ± What are the professional ethics requirements of the large animal context?
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6 boxes in large animal medicine ± How, if at all, does our society’s general ethical sense (“ social ethics ”) relate to the large animal context? ± FYI—JAVMA has carried articles recently that suggest society’s attitudes about food animals are changing ± What differences in personal ethics exist in this class? ± And what about
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