218 Law and Veterinary Medicine, Fall 2006
218 Law and Veterinary Medicine, Fall 2006 course acquaints students with basic concepts of law, as well as ethics. The course also seeks to enable students to practice medicine more prudently through application of legal rules. Although substantive standards of law are presented, the course stresses the role of process and creative thought in the development and application of legal and moral principles.
Note also the emphasis on process and creative thought in the
description course goals include far more than memorizing the current state of "law"
regarding veterinary medicine. We aim to understand the
general issues, for they will continue throughout your career to grow, develop,
and otherwise change in ways that are unpredictable now.
Note, finally, that all of the goals in this course are relevant, in
one way or another, to the important practical aspects of veterinary medicine. Prudence, acquisition of
technical, medical and scientific knowledge, and familiarity with contemporary issues
being discussed in the profession and in society. All of these are practical requirements
for any competent professional. We will turn again and again to practical situations
to hone your skills at recognizing the many kinds of legal and values-based
issues that characterize veterinary medicine.