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Posted on February 5, 2018 at 6:00 AM

As with human medicine, advances in veterinary technology provide pet owners with an ever-increasing array of treatment options for their pets. However, more options can lead to complex situations and difficult questions about care goals and quality of life.


Clinicians and researchers from North Carolina State University and Duke University have developed a first-of-its-kind veterinary medical ethics committee to aid care providers in navigating these situations.


The VMEC is modeled on the pediatric healthcare ethics committee. After all, in both cases, you’re dealing with a patient who cannot advocate for him or herself, and a decision-maker who is very involved in the process. 

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