Not all ethical dilemmas will land a veterinarian in jail; some will cause mental pain and anguish that can cause a veterinarians moral distress. In episode 10 of The Business of Practice podcast, we talk to Barb Crabbe, DVM, owner of Pacific Crest Sporthorse veterinary practice in the Portland, Oregon, area. Crabbe is currently involved in a Master’s program in Bioethics at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics at Loyola University in Chicago.
Bioethics is a term that comes from human medical practice that describes the ethical challenges in medicine. For example, who makes decisions for a patient in human medicine can be an ethical challenge. In any medicine, however, a medical surrogate needs to make a decision in the best interest of the patient, whether human or horse.
In this podcast we discuss:
Types of ethical challenges equine veterinarians might face
Examples of ethical challenges from inside the practice and with clients