Special Issue "Empirical Animal and Veterinary Medical Ethics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 November 2022 | Viewed by 1154
2. Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen, 1958 Frederiksberg, Denmark
Interests: empirical veterinary ethics; veterinary ethics; veterinary professional ethics; clinical ethics consultant services
2. Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen, 1870 Frederiksberg, Denmark
Interests: animal ethics; animal welfare; social science
Interests: applied animal ethics; pragmatism in applied ethics, methods of problem-orineted and applied moral philosophy
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Interests: diagnostic test evaluation; bayesian methods; machine learning techniques; professional veterinary medical ethics; animal disease control; mixed methods
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Interests: ethical dilemmas of veterinarians; economic influences on animal welfare; brachycephaly
Interests: empirical bioethics methodology; ethical issues at the end of life; medical professionalism; ethics of digitization in health care
In the past few decades, several areas of applied ethics have taken an empirical turn by using social science research methods, such as questionnaire surveys or interviews, to empirically inform normative reasoning within ethical debates. This has been particularly true in the field of medical ethics, where empirical methods have increasingly been used to situate issues in their various real-life contexts. In parallel, there has been a philosophical discussion about the foundation, meaning, and possible scope of empirical ethics. This discussion particularly addresses how empirically gained facts can contribute to moral knowledge and highlights the necessity of methodological reflections within the field of empirical ethics.
Even though interest in empirical studies of animals and human–animal relationships in academia has been high, until recently, there has been very little work based on empirical data in the fields of applied ethics relating to animals. However, some work has recently emerged in animal ethics and veterinary medical ethics that indicates not only an interest in, but also a demand for empirically informed debates within these fields.
With this Special Issue, we aim to contribute to the development of this empirical turn in the context of animal and veterinary medical ethics. We welcome contributions from the following areas of study:
- Reflections on the foundation, meaning or possible scope of empirical animal and veterinary medical ethics;
- Guidance and discussion concerning methodologies of empirical animal and veterinary medical ethics;
- Reviews of developments within the field of empirical animal and veterinary medical ethics;
- Specific studies within the field of empirical animal and veterinary medical ethics including an in-depth and detailed reflection on advantages and limitations of the study design adopted.
Dr. Svenja Springer
Prof. Dr. Peter Sandøe
Prof. Dr. Herwig Grimm
Dr. Sonja Hartnack
Dr. Barry Kipperman
Prof. Dr. Sabine Salloch
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- animal ethics
- veterinary ethics
- methods applies ethics
- qualitative and quantitative research designs
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Reducing moral stress in veterinary teams? Evaluating the use of ethical discussion groups and ethical decision making tools in veterinary practice
Authors: Vanessa Ashall
Affiliation: Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU) Department of Sociology, University of York
Abstract: This study examines experiences of veterinary moral stress (Batchelor and Mckeegan 2012) in charity veterinary practice. The study aims to qualitatively evaluate the role of ethical discussion groups (Wensley et al 2020) and ethical decision making tools (Grimm et al 2018) in reducing veterinary moral stress. The data is drawn from 9 focus groups and 15 individual interviews with veterinary team members from 3 UK charity hospitals. The data was collected remotely via Zoom in 2021-2022. A semi-structured interview schedule guided an in depth exploration of 1) The causes and significance of veterinary moral stress 2) The use of veterinary ethical tools 3) Experiences of small group ethical discussion. With fully informed participant consent, the data was recorded, transcribed and anonymised before thematic analysis (Braun and Clarke 2006) using inductive and deductive techniques. The study results identify both practical and relational barriers to ethical action as contributors to veterinary moral stress. Existing veterinary ethics tools are shown to be of limited value in charity veterinary practice, due to the complexity of veterinary relationships and ethical responsibilities (Ashall 2022). Finally, ethical group discussion is valued as a route to improved clinical decision making and may also help reduce veterinary moral stress, even where clinical outcomes are not altered. In conclusion, the study identifies the significant impact of veterinary moral stress on charity veterinary teams. The results support the use of ethical discussion groups to reduce moral stress, but highlight the need for the further development of veterinary ethics tools.