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Animal Welfare in Veterinary Practice



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A practical guide to help veterinarians improve the welfare of their patients in their everyday work. A concise and accessible introduction to welfare that is both interesting and valuable in practice. The book describes ways to evaluate patients, develop in-practice quality of life assessments, resolve difficult clinical dilemmas, and turn good decisions into real welfare outcomes. It reviews available scientific information, legal issues and ethical dilemmas, and relates these to everyday case studies throughout. It provides ways for all veterinary professionals to develop their animal welfare understanding, without assuming prior knowledge, while advancing the wisdom and abilities of experienced practitioners. Key features: Presents practical and realistic methods for working with owners to improve patients' welfare within the constraints of everyday practice. Provides useful advice for work within many legal jurisdictions. Includes summaries of research, vital references, and further reading sources. Key points are recapped at the end of each chapter. Includes a glossary of animal welfare terminology. Suitable for all those working in the veterinary and related professions, including veterinarians, veterinary nurses, animal welfare scientists, animal behaviourists, paraprofessionals and lay staff. Published as a part of the prestigious Wiley-Blackwell UFAW Animal Welfare series. UFAW, founded 1926, is an internationally recognised, independent, scientific and educational animal welfare charity. For full details of all titles available in the UFAW series, please visit

Author Biography

James Yeates BVSc BSc DWEL DipECVS(AWBM) PhD MRCVS is Chief Veterinary Officer at the RSPCA.  He is an active member of the animal welfare research community, and publishes on topics including animal welfare concepts and companion animal welfare assessment.  He is Chair of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) Ethics and Welfare Group and British Small Animal Veterinary Association Welfare Committee, as well as being editor of the Journal of Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law.  He has also lectured on animal welfare at undergraduate and postgraduate level across UK universities.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Carl Padgett vii

Foreword by David Main ix

Preface xi

1 Patients 1

2 Clients 33

3 Welfare Assessment 55

4 Clinical Choices 89

5 Achieving Animal Welfare Goals 113

6 Beyond the Clinic 143

References 169

Index 193

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