The exercise of veterinary medicine and ethical dilemmas are inextricably linked. The mission of the Royal Veterinary Association of The Netherlands (KNMvD) and many association is “To the well-being of people and animals” may seem unambiguous, but on closer inspection it is by no means.
The interests of humans and the interests of animals are regularly at odds with each other. The
veterinarian is constantly faced with dilemmas and has to decide which option, in the given situation, is the good, right, and fair one.
Read the contribution by Franck Meijboom, Utrecht University, Joost van Herten (KNMvD) and Jan Vaarten (FVE) here