Animal abuse does not confront us every day, but when it does veterinary professionals often find it difficult to know what to do. The situation becomes even more complex if there is a human victim to consider.
AWF has worked with The Links Group
to create this comprehensive guidance booklet and a short leaflet that can be ordered for the veterinary team.
From the increasing number of calls for advice to the RCVS Professional Conduct department and the Veterinary Defence Society, it is evident that abuse in either animals or vulnerable humans is being recognised more frequently by veterinary practices. The topic of non-accidental injury has only recently been introduced into the main curriculum of some vet schools and more senior members of the profession have received no training at all.
We would encourage each practice to consider putting a practice protocol in place by identifying an ‘abuse champion’ who will be the go-to person if there are concerns.