It is impossible to understand one's legal obligations without appreciating the ethical values these obligations are intended to promote. This article presents an overview of the sources of ethical values in veterinary practice. The author explains how legal requirements embody basic moral standards that veterinarians themselves regard as central to their professional role. It is argued that the most effective way of predicting many legal obligations and of motivating oneself to fulfill them is to accept and live by fundamental moral values. The article concludes that the underlying ethical motivation of the law underscores the importance of making attention to ethics an essential part of one's practice of veterinary medicine.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||The Veterinary clinics of North America. Small animal practice|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1993|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Small Animals