What would you do case studies

What would you do if your client was too attached to their pet to consider euthanasia?

Have you ever considered what role you might have to play in an RSPCA inspection?

AWF has produced a range of case studies, based on real life scenarios, which act as a guide in various veterinary dilemmas to help prepare you for cases you might meet in your professional life.

For each case you will be given an scenario outline. From this outline, use your knowledge to identify all the possible stakeholders, any considerations in relation to them and any relevant legislation and professional guidance.

You can then check your answers using our guidance and find some helpful tips on how to navigate these types of situation.

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A grey area

A grey area A grey area

A grey area

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Economic, practical and ethical considerations of veterinary treatment of greyhounds at racetracks.

An inspector calls

An inspector calls An inspector calls

An inspector calls

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The role of a vet as an expert witness in an animal welfare case.

Beagle dreams

Beagle dreams Beagle dreams

Beagle dreams

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The role of vets within the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

Don't all cows walk like that?

Don't all cows walk like that? Don't all cows walk like that?

Don't all cows walk like that?

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Requires knowledge of the principles and practice of lameness scoring, health planning and farm assurance requirements. 

Dung deal

Dung deal Dung deal

Dung deal

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Inadequate treatment has caused two dairy cows to suffer. How will the vet achieve an acceptable outcome for the cows and negotiate the politics of the situation?

End of the tether, end of the line

End of the tether, end of the line End of the tether, end of the line

End of the tether, end of the line

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An owner asks to euthanise a healthy animal for the sake of convenience.  

Feeling the crunch

Feeling the crunch Feeling the crunch

Feeling the crunch

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Knowledge of organic standards and protocols required to successfully treat an outbreak of an infectious disease on an organic sheep farm. 

Forgotten Flopsy

Forgotten Flopsy Forgotten Flopsy

Forgotten Flopsy

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An owner is failing to meet the duty of care towards their pet rabbit.

How much?

How much? How much?

How much?

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A newly-qualified vet wants to adopt higher standards of analgesia during routine surgical procedures. How could they effect a culture change in their practice and clients?

In the dock

In the dock In the dock

In the dock

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Explores the legality of tail docking in dogs and how a vet should proceed when the law has been broken.

Jellied fish

Jellied fish Jellied fish

Jellied fish

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The practicalities of managing a jellyfish bloom in farmed salmon and ways to minimise the welfare impact on the surviving fish. 

More than meets the eye

More than meets the eye More than meets the eye

More than meets the eye

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A cat with a fractured leg is just the start of the story which could involve non accidental injury and domestic violence. 

Ninth life

Ninth life Ninth life

Ninth life

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An owner refuses veterinary advice to euthanise their pet.

Ruffled feathers

Ruffled feathers Ruffled feathers

Ruffled feathers

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Demonstrates the need for accurate and sympathetic history-taking to establish the facts behind the neglect of a flock of chickens. 

Show me good welfare

Show me good welfare Show me good welfare

Show me good welfare

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Raises questions about animal welfare assessment and the need to consider both physical and mental determinants of welfare.

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