Ethical Dilemmas in Companion Animal Practice | Centre for Veterinary Education

Ethical Dilemmas in Companion Animal Practice

Ethical aspects of cases can be challenging to navigate in time-poor clinical settings, and can lead to moral distress which has been associated with compassion fatigue and burnout.

Ethical dilemmas occur frequently in practice but may not always be recognised as such.

Being able to recognise ethical aspects of cases, and to employ decision making tools, can be very helpful in discussing these issues with clients and coming up with the best possible way forward. Examples from practice will be used to illustrate the use of these approaches.

Learning Outcomes

Following this podcast, you will be able to:

  • Recognise ethical aspects of clinical cases

  • Better understand the impact of moral stress on self and colleagues and know where to get help

  • Use ethical decision making tools to guide your response.

Course Delivery

This course includes:

  • Written notes, photographs and videos

  • Self-assessed multiple choice quizzes to test your knowledge and understanding

  • A discussion forum for conversation, debate and information exchange with your peers and tutors

  • An electronic certificate available for download upon successful completion of the course

The estimated time to complete this course is 10 hours and it will be open for 4 weeks.


Thursday 26 July - Wednesday 8 August 2018
Delivered Online


BA(Hons) BSc(Vet)(Hons) BVSc(Hons) MVetStud GradCertEdStud MANZCVS Dipl. ECAWBM

Anne Fawcett is a lecturer in veterinary professional practice in the Faculty of Veterinary Science. Anne has teaching experience as a lecturer and unit of study coordinator. She developed a new ethics course within professional practice and has lectured on veterinary ethics at both the University of Sydney and the University of Queensland. 

Course Fees

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*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time, Recent Graduate, Academic and Student members