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Friday, August 11 • 8:15am - 9:05am
The ethics of exotics

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The ownership of exotic pets, in particular reptiles, is increasing within Australia and globally, but the welfare may be questionable due to poor husbandry. According to different studies, the mortality rate of pet reptiles in the UK is between 3.6 per cent(Robinson et al., 2015) and 75 per cent within the first year(Toland et al., 2012) – a spectacular range with both findings vigorously challenged by reptile enthusiasts and those opposed to the captive reptile trade.
In this talk I will present ethical frameworks for veterinarians to assess the treatment of reptiles by owners and veterinarians. I will also discuss ethical dilemmas that unusual and exotics veterinarians may encounter, and apply principles for ethical decision making.

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Anne Fawcett

AVA NSW Executive Committee
I am an associate at Sydney Animal Hospitals Inner West and I have a strong interest in animal welfare, ethics, companion animal medicine and surgery, infectious diseases, veterinary public health, veterinary wellbeing and mental health and lots of other stuff. I am also a lecturer... Read More →

Friday August 11, 2017 8:15am - 9:05am AEST
Room 9