Blue Juice: Euthanasia in Veterinary Medicine

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 6/1/2012
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Offering a candid behind-the-scenes look at small-animal veterinary practices, Blue Juiceexplores the emotional and ethical conflicts involved in providing a "good death" for companion animals. Patricia Morris presents a nuanced ethnographic account of how veterinarians manage patient care and client relations when their responsibility shifts from saving an animal's life to negotiating a decision to end it. Using her own experiences and observations in veterinary settings as well as the voices of seasoned and novice vets, Morris reveals how veterinarians think about euthanasia and why this "dirty work" often precipitates "burnout," moral quandaries, and even tense or emotional interactions with clients. Closely observing these interactions, Morris illuminates the ways in which euthanasia reflects deep and unresolved tension in human-animal relationships. Blue Juiceseeks to understand how practitioners, charged with the difficult task of balancing the interests of animals and their humans, deal with the responsibility of ending their patients' lives. Patricia Morris is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Drury University.

Author Biography

Patricia Morris is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Drury University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Euthanasia in Veterinary Medicinep. 1
Negotiating Death: Managing Disagreement with Pet Ownersp. 19
Creating a Good Death: The Dramaturgy of Veterinary Euthanasiap. 49
Strange Intimacy: Managing Pet Owners' Emotionsp. 80
Learning to Euthanize: Death and the Novice Veterinarianp. 106
Coping with Euthanasia: Emotion-Management Strategiesp. 136
Conclusion: Animals as Property and Patientsp. 170
Appendix: Methodologyp. 187
Notesp. 193
Referencesp. 205
Indexp. 227
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