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VIN CE Course PRAC116-0313: Veterinary Ethics

Enrollment is closed.
***Note: This course will run again in October of 2014.

Carol Morgan, DVM, PhD
Raymond Anthony PhD

COURSE OPEN: March 28-June 2, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2013; 8:00-10:00 pm ET (USA)
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Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course, we request you attend a Practice Session prior to the first Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session is up to 1 hour in length. For more information, please visit the CE Practice Area.

*The instructors for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen. If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend one of the Practice Sessions.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic course is aimed at small animal practitioners in private practice who have encountered ethical dilemmas and have an interest in developing the tools to work through ethically challenging situations. Although the course is aimed at exploring veterinarians' responsibilities in practice, credentialed veterinary technicians are most welcome to attend.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary staff. This course has been RACE approved for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

Course Description:
Ethically challenging situations are very common in veterinary medicine. Yet, unlike many other professions, veterinarians often receive very little formal training in ethics, ethical theory, and moral decision-making. Understanding ethical theory and its applications can make it easier to stay out of trouble with clients and regulators. It can also help to stimulate dialogue about ethical issues amongst colleagues and veterinary team members. Learn the ground rules for engaging in ethical discussion and how to look at your practice policies and interactions with colleagues and staff in a new way.

The first three sessions focus on the basics of ethics and moral decision making and the remaining five sessions about the application of moral decision making to specific topics relevant to veterinary medicine.

This course consists of eight (8) 2-hour Real Time Session, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test. Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.

*The lecture portion of this course will be an audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.

Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.
Recommended Textbook(s): About the Instructors:
Dr. Carol Morgan graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, in 1988. She obtained a PhD in 2009 from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) in Interdisciplinary Studies through the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics and the UBC Animal Welfare Program. Her doctoral research focused on moral decision making by veterinarians with respect to animal welfare decisions.

She has given lectures on ethics to students and practitioners both nationally and internationally and written articles on the topic. Dr. Morgan sits on the College of Veterinarians of BC (CVBC) disciplinary committee (tasked with deliberating breaches to provincial veterinary regulations), chairs the CVBC Animal Welfare Committee, and sits on the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Animal Welfare Committee. She is a past editor and historian for the Society of Veterinary Medical Ethics.

Dr. Raymond Anthony is a tenured, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alaska Anchorage, USA. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from Purdue University. His areas of specialization include Ethical Theory and Environmental Philosophy (especially the nexus between environmental-animal-agricultural-food ethics), and the philosophy of technology. His current research interests in these areas deal with social justice, participatory democracy, obligations to future generations and non-human animals.

Dr. Anthony has an international reputation for his expertise in bioethical issues in the areas specified above. Dr. Anthony also teaches philosophy of mind and philosophy of science courses. Dr. Anthony is ethics advisor for the American Veterinary Medical Association's Panel on Euthanasia, Panel on Humane Slaughter, and Animal Welfare Committee and is a former council member for Agriculture, Food and Human Values. Dr. Anthony is the receipt of a National Science Foundation grant for climate ethics and an USDA grant to develop teaching aids for animal welfare ethics education. You can learn more about Dr. Anthony at:

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session April 4): Ethical Theory
Content: Week 2 (Real Time Session April 11): Moral Development/Moral Psychology Review and Moral Decision Making
Content: Week 3 (Real Time Session April 18): Professionalism
Content: Week 4 (Real Time Session April 25): Responsibilities to Clients
Content: Week 5 (Real Time Session May 2): Patient Centered Ethics
Content: Week 6 (Real Time Session May 9): Patient Centered Ethics - Continued
Content: Week 7 (Real Time Session May 16): Professional Competence
Content: Week 8 (Real Time Session May 23): Business Ethics
Content: CE CREDITS: 16

Tuition: $320 ($288 early bird special if enrolled by March 14, 2013)

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a weekend, course enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email (VIN CE) or (VSPN CE) Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is approved for 16 continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education." Call VSPN/VIN CE at 1-800-700-4636 for further information. (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board).

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN/VSPN office 1-800-700-INFO (4636) to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).

*For more information on VSPN's upcoming CE courses, check the VSPN Course Catalog.

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator

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