481654 - Law and Veterinary Medicine First Hour: State...

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Law and Veterinary Medicine First Hour: State Practice Acts (continued) November 6, 2006 Paul Waldau, D.Phil., J.D.
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As we look at MA’s state practice act, stay focused on basic purposes ± Develop a sense of state-mandated standards for veterinarians (“law”) ± Recognize special ways that law impacts veterinarians as professionals, as healers, and as health officers
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Staying focused on basic purposes ± Think about difference between state’s code of conduct for veterinarians and the code of conduct promulgated by the AVMA (Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics) ± Seek guidelines for realistic solutions that address inevitable tensions from competing “interests” central to veterinary medicine
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Caveat—doubts about ethics- or values- based courses in the professions ± Harvard Business School article Dec ‘02 re ethics in the professional school ± “‘Business schools have been forced to face the fact that they have failed to produce honest brokers,’ sociologist (and former HBS professor) Amitai Etzioni intoned in The Washington Post earlier this fall.”
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… more doubts … ± “Is ethics education sufficient at HBS?” wrote one student. ± “No, not really. ± Partly because I think capitalism is ethically flawed, and HBS doesn't do much to bring up those issues.” ± [limited analogy, at best, to veterinary education and veterinary medicine generally] ± “The high level of ethical soul-searching that occurs here is frankly irrelevant for the people who are ethical to begin with, and of no help to the minority who are not.”
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Our task banish these doubts by accomplishing course purposes ± Learn to spot and resolve legal issues ± (since these are more technical, we’ll often be in “fact
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