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Author: Paul Waldau

An essential task in veterinary education is to begin the segue from education to real world problems handled by licensed professionals. Given that we have engaged wide-ranging topics in the previous ten weeks, it is important that we honor the healing, practical side of veterinary medicine by considering the all-important issues and realities that arise in clinical medicine. Simply said, you can’t do good ethics if you don’t do good medicine—so to honor the extraordinary importance of good medicine, we conclude with this practical topic. To be sure, clinical medicine is a remarkable challenge by any measure—Dr. Shaw has major responsibilities in our clinical training, and this is an opportunity to engage him regarding this fundamental part of your future.