An ethically challenging situation may be defined as a situation where we are required to manage competing choices, where there may be conflict between the interests of different stakeholders, and no easy means of prioritising one way forward over another.
Veterinarians commonly encounter ethically challenging situations in their daily working lives(Batchelor and McKeegan, 2012, Crane et al., 2015, Kipperman et al., 2018, Moses et al., 2018, Lehnus et al., 2019). These can lead to moral stress, moral distress and, potentially, moral injury(Fawcett and Mullan, 2018, Arbe Montoya et al., 2019, Dean et al., 2019).
Because of their potential contribution to psychological morbidity and mortality of veterinarians, it is important to understand the types of ethically challenging situations veterinarians may encounter, and develop strategies to help veterinarians navigate these successfully. This talk will summarise current knowledge of the link between moral distress and mental wellbeing of veterinarians, and where we need to look in the future.