Clinical bioethics meets Fear Free veterinary care

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Clinical bioethics meets Fear Free veterinary care

Tenets from human medicine apply in your practice.

The Icahn School of Medicine (part of the Mount Sinai Health System) describes bioethics as the practice of simultaneously embracing hard science, the medical arts and cutting edge technology, while maintaining medicine’s core ethical commitments and concurrently navigating complex laws, social constructions, and political ethos. It's an all-encompassing approach to practicing medicine. If your mind turns to applications in the veterinary world—particularly as it applies to Fear Free practice—you're not alone.

Fetch dvm360 conference speaker Robin Downing, DVM, MS, DAAPM, DACVSMR, CVPP, CCRP, recently obtained a Masters of Science in Clinical Bioethics from Union Graduate College, an affiliate of Icahn, "alongside the people who basically founded the field," as she describes it.

Why would someone with as many professional degrees as Dr. Downing pursue yet another?

"My motive was to bring the language, the framework, the principles and practices of clinical bioethics to clinical veterinary medicine," she says.

There's a logical intersection of ethics—as it applies to patients' and clients' physical and emotional well-being—with Fear Free practice. Dr. Downing outlines her goals combining the two as follows:

"What I hope to do with Fear Free is to help my colleagues to reframe our imperative to create a Fear Free experience in our examination rooms," she says.

Watch this video for more as Sarah Wooten, DVM, interviews Dr. Downing.


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