Veterinary Medical ethics books?


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Dec 1, 2008
  1. Pre-Veterinary
So as I read through the Interview Feedback postings, I noticed that a few people mentioned that they read books dealing with Veterinary Medical ethics in order to prepare for their interview. Anyone have any reccomendations on good books or articles on this topic out there?


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Dec 1, 2008
  1. Pre-Veterinary
No, but I'd be interested. I talked a lot about ethics and slightly about religion in one of my essays for Tufts so I am definitely expecting a big conversation around ethics in veterinary medicine. But, I don't think you need to read a book on it to know about it. Working at a couple clinics for 3 years now I've had the time to formulate my own feelings toward ethics in vet medicine. Maybe just get a bottle of wine and listen to your heart when preparing for those questions :D


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Jan 4, 2006
There are 2 commonly used texts for veterinary ethics, Jerrold Tannenbaum and Bernie Rollins. I can't remember the exact titles but I'm sure you can find them on amazon or similar site.

Neither are veterinarians. Rollins tends to be more opinionated and controversial but some find that more interesting.
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Aug 3, 2008
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If you find a good book, go for it, but I don't think it's necessary at all. Let's face it, you can think of some biggie ethics questions in advance (how do you feel about X law? what would you say to a client of an HBC dog that doesn't have any money?), but it's such a HUGE and broad area. My advice is to think through as many example scenarios as you can (or just start paying attention to each case you see if you work at a veterinary hospital) and start formulating your own opinions. It's my impression that the interviewers don't care so much what your exact opinion is - the many varied viewpoints in each veterinary class makes it clear that they aren't selecting just for the folks that agree with all the AVMA points. They just want to know that you have thought about your viewpoints and are willing to stand by them. So if they ask you an ethics question, you give your answer and then they start poking and prodding and asking more questions about it, it doesn't mean that they disagree or think your opinion is wrong, they just want to see if you are willing to stand by it and why. I think that ethics questions were the ones I worried LEAST about because I knew they DON'T have set answers - just know what you believe, think carefully about the question and then say what you think and stand by it and you'll be fine.
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