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Publication type: Journal Article
Document type: Full Paper

Year: 2019

Author(s): D├╝rnberger, C

Title: It's Not About Ethical Dilemmas: A Survey of Bavarian Veterinary Officers' Opinions on Moral Challenges and an e-Learning Ethics Course.

Source: J Agr Environ Ethic 32(5-6): 891-903.



Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

D├╝rnberger Christian

Vetmed Research Units
Messerli Research Institute, Ethics and Human-Animal Studies


Abstract:
The presented survey focused on moral challenges of Bavarian veterinary officers in their daily work and their expectations of an (e-learning) ethics module in their training program. The results suggest that Bavarian veterinary officers are confronted with morally challenging situations. However, they do not describe these challenges as dilemmas in which the veterinary officers do not know what the moral right choice would be. They are rather convinced to know what they should do from an ethical point of view but see difficulties with the realization as the crucial moral challenge of their profession. The participants in the study do not only expect ethics to help them to find a morally justified way of dealing with moral challenges, but also to gain a better understanding of essential conflicts. In regard to a possible e-learning course on ethics, most veterinary officers were skeptical or highly critical because, from their perspective, ethics needs personal exchange, promoting a dialogue with colleagues, and this is best possible in a classroom-based seminar. Therefore, according to the participants in the survey, if e-learning tools are used, this should only be in combination with classroom-based events.


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