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Identifying Veterinary Students' Capacity for Moral Behavior Concerning Animal Ethics Issues.
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PMID:  25335645     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Veterinarians face unique animal ethics challenges as practitioners and policy advisors to government and industry. Changing societal attitudes, cultural diversity, and often conflicting needs and interests of patients and clients contribute to moral distress. Yet little has been done to identify veterinarians' capacity to address these animal ethics issues. In this study, first-year and final-year veterinary students in an Australian university were surveyed to explore moral sensitivity, moral motivation, and moral character and their relationship to moral reasoning. The majority of students were concerned about animal ethics issues and had experienced moral distress in relation to the treatment of animals. Most believed that veterinarians should address the wider social issues of animal protection and that veterinary medicine should require a commitment to animals' interests over owners'/caregivers' interests. There was less agreement that the veterinary profession was sufficiently involved in addressing animal ethics issues. Principal motivators for studying veterinary medicine were, in declining importance, enjoyment in working with animals, helping sick and injured animals, and improving the way animals are treated. However, most students had taken little or no action to address animal ethics issues. These results suggest that both first- and fifth-year veterinary students are sensitive to animal ethics issues and are motivated to prioritize the interests of animals but have little experience in taking action to address these issues. Further research is needed to determine ways to identify and assess these moral behavior components in veterinary education to develop veterinarians' capacity to address animal ethics issues.
Joy M Verrinder; Clive J C Phillips
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-10-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of veterinary medical education     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0748-321X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Vet Med Educ     Publication Date:  2014 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-10-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  2014-10-23    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7610519     Medline TA:  J Vet Med Educ     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  1-13     Citation Subset:  -    
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