Veterinary Ethics: Ivory Tower Or Everyday Choices?
Mention the word "ethics" and you will likely get one of the following reactions: 1) sudden silence followed by a comment on the weather, 2) a comment such as, "Well, that's very interesting, but that's not what is done in practice", or 3) a look of indignation as you are passed off as a "do-gooder" or a self righteous preacher. In the minds of most people it seems that veterinary ethics is remote, extreme, or pedantic. Ethics is what brainy people do as they sit in their offices in ivory towers, or it is the "word from above" and as such is the "final" interpretation of right and wrong. At any rate, it is often felt that ethics has little to do with the real world of veterinary medicine.