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1. Reflection Journal - Reading Assignments-Wed am

You will turn in two different components of the Reflection Journal at each class session. Please staple each of your entries as a separate document, with your name in the upper right hand corner of each page.

2. The 6 Boxes Diagram

Difference between law, ethcs, and prudence

The “6 Boxes Diagram” is a kind of map of the sources we use in our society to measure something as “right” or “wrong.” We’ll use this diagram throughout the Ethics and Values Signature Program, particularly in the second-year course “Law and Veterinary Medicine” and the third-year course “Ethics and Veterinary Medicine.” This document or “map” will be explained in the first session of this course.

3. Readings

  • Humans and Other Animals—The Changing Terrain of Human-Animal Relationships (reflections on Matthew Scully’s Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy, New York: St. Martin’s Press (2002) - Click here for PDF

  • Comments and questions on A Spirit Apart: Betty Atwood Lawrence – Click here for PDF

  • ‘Controversial Journal Editorials’, New England Journal of Medicine 337:1460-1461, November 13, 1997, Number 20

  • Verdon, Daniel R. 2001. ‘Futurist sees animal rights principles going “mainstream’”, DVM: The News Magazine of Veterinary Medicine, September 1, 2001, p.1 and p. 37

  • Lawrence E.A. 1994. ‘Love for animals and the veterinary profession.’ JAVMA 205:970-972

4. Reading Journal Assignment

Due at beginning of next session

Looking Back —What place does love for animals have in the veterinary profession? (You should look at the article by Dr. Lawrence on precisely this topic.)

Looking Forward —The second journal entry will be your reflection on the following issue regarding euthanasia, which is being covered next week—Should the American Veterinary Medical Association take a position on the controversial practice of convenience euthanasia (defined, roughly, as killing a nonhuman animal when it is not necessary but only a matter of convenience for the client)?