Animal Welfare in Veterinary Practice by James Yeates

Animal Welfare in Veterinary Practice by James Yeates

By James Yeates

A functional advisor to aid veterinarians enhance the welfare in their sufferers of their daily paintings. A concise and obtainable advent to welfare that's either attention-grabbing and important in practice.

The booklet describes how one can evaluation sufferers, improve in-practice caliber of lifestyles tests, unravel tough medical dilemmas, and switch sturdy judgements into genuine welfare results. It experiences to be had clinical details, felony matters and moral dilemmas, and relates those to daily case experiences all through. It presents methods for all veterinary execs to boost their animal welfare figuring out, with out assuming past wisdom, whereas advancing the knowledge and skills of skilled practitioners.

Key features:

  • Presents sensible and reasonable tools for operating with proprietors to enhance sufferers' welfare in the constraints of daily practice.
  • Provides priceless recommendation for paintings inside of many criminal jurisdictions.
  • Includes summaries of analysis, very important references, and additional analyzing sources.
  • Key issues are recapped on the finish of every chapter.

Suitable for all these operating within the veterinary and similar professions, together with veterinarians, veterinary nurses, animal welfare scientists, animal behaviourists, paraprofessionals and lay staff.

Published as part of the celebrated Wiley-Blackwell – UFAW Animal Welfare sequence. UFAW, based 1926, is an across the world recognized, self reliant, clinical and academic animal welfare charity. For complete information of all titles to be had within the UFAW sequence, please stopover at

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Veterinary professionals may also perpetuate existing welfare problems. L ­ ife-saving treatment of suffering animals perpetuates that suffering. 15 Catching can cause iatrogenic harm to animals, so it needs to be done as humanely as possible. 16 Handling can cause fear, especially for wild animals. ) 28 Animal Welfare in Veterinary Practice perpetuating its life despite its suffering. This can create a dilemma for veterinary professionals who want to offer palliation without perpetuating animals’ suffering.

The process of dying is a cause of welfare harms insofar as the process of dying can cause negative feelings such as pain, malaise or fear. Being dead prevents an animal having any feelings at all. Indeed, if an animal does not exist, then sentences like “this animal suffers…” make no sense. This means that being dead is not directly important for animals, hence the idea that “death is not a welfare issue” (Webster 1994). More specifically, being dead causes an animal to avoid the feelings it would have had if it had lived (Yeates 2009b).

G. conditioning) means that veterinary professionals must not unthinkingly conclude that other ­animals experience the same feelings as humans. By the same token, differences also mean that we should recognise that other humans – including owners and ­colleagues – may experience very different emotions in circumstances and react very differently. This recognition of differences is part of critical anthropomorphism (or critical egomorphism). It is easy to say that we should consider similarities and differences, but it is harder to work out when we should infer that animals experience similar feelings versus when we should infer they experience different feelings.

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