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During the last four decades the doctrine of in- formed consent IC has become a legal stan- dard and an essential component of ethical guidelines in medicine, due to its relevance for basic human rights such as autonomy and re- spect of dignity. Over the last few years, this legal formula has gained importance in veteri- nary medicine, thereby influencing the everyday activities of the veterinary practitioners. This paper briefly describes the ethical and legal background of IC in Italy and examines how it relates to the practice of veterinary medicine, considering the change in social sensibility to- wards animals. It also outlines the discussion that should take place between Veterinarian and client before a planned procedure.

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Informed Consent; Veterinary Medicine; Professional Duty; Law; Ethics; Veterinarian-Client Relationship; Animal

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Passantino, A. , Quartarone, V. and Russo, M. 2011 Informed consent in veterinary medicine: legal and medical perspectives in Italy. Open Journal of Animal Sciences, 1, 128-134. doi: 10.4236-ojas.2011.13017.





Author: Annamaria Passantino, Valeria Quartarone, Maria Russo

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