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Publikationstyp: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Dokumenttyp: Originalarbeit

Jahr: 2020

AutorInnen: Dürnberger, C

Titel: I Would like to, but I can't. An Online Survey on the Moral Challenges of German Farm Veterinarians.

Quelle: J Agr Environ Ethic. 2020; [Early View]

Autor/innen der Vetmeduni Vienna:

Dürnberger Christian

Beteiligte Vetmed-Organisationseinheiten
Messerli Forschungsinstitut, Abteilung für Ethik der Mensch-Tier-Beziehung

The job of veterinarians is often described as morally challenging. This online survey (n = 123) investigated how farm veterinarians in Germany perceive these challenges. Most participants described their job in accordance with the literature: as a profession that regularly has to deal with morally difficult decisions. The majority assumed that their moral challenges were greater than the ones of small animal practitioners. The results indicate that the typical moral challenges are (a) situations in which the farm veterinarians are convinced to know what is morally right, however, specific external obstacles prevent them from implementing their convictions. Therefore, the central moral problem from the veterinarians' point of view can be described with the following words: "I would like to, but I can't." Other ideal types of moral challenges like (b) open ethical questions, (c) ethical dilemmas or (d) "duty vs. inclination" conflicts play a less prominent role. With regard to dealing with these challenges, the study shows that farm veterinarians are looking for exchange, for example with colleagues. Most participants see the current social debate about livestock farming as something that stresses them, arguing that their university's curriculum did not adequately prepare them to participate in these controversies.

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