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NOVA PhD Course "Vethics - Ethical Challenges for Veterinarians in One World" - Extended Application Deadline

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The course will take place on 12-16 Jun. 2017 in Uppsala, Sweden.
New application deadline: 18 May 2017 (NB!).

The course is of 3 ECTS and is organised by Assoc. Prof. Helena Röcklinsberg, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

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Course Description
Veterinarians in clinics as well as on farms meet ethical challenges every day. In this interdisciplinary course teachers in ethics, philosophy of science and veterinary medicine will create a learning environment for reflection on ethical challenges relevant within veterinary medical and clinical research. The course runs Monday morning to Friday early afternoon, with a mixture of lectures and seminars. Pre-preparation is required by reading five scientific papers and handing in a summary of their PhD-thesis with emphasis on ethical aspects.

The course covers fields such as a) Ethical theories & concepts b) The ethical role of the veterinarian, c) Different aspects of veterinary medicine (companion animals, production animals, research animals, wild/semi-wild animals (ZOOs, rewilded, feral animals etc.), d) Responsible conduct of research for young researchers in veterinary medicine with a focus on research integrity and publication issues. Participants are required to engage in in-depth elaboration of both own practice and presented cases related to veterinary responsibility with regard to these areas.

Programme Outline
The basic structure will be a morning session divided between lecture and seminar (incl. coffee break), lunch, and an afternoon session divided between lecture and seminar or student own work. In addition a panel discussion with teachers and local experts for which students prepare questions will be arranged, as well as an excursion and a movie night with subsequent debate.

Main Teachers

  • Assoc. Prof. Helena Röcklinsberg, SLU
  • Assoc. Prof. Mickey Gjerris, University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Science
  • Additional lectures in ethics:
    • Assoc. Prof. Kate Millar, University of Nottingham
    • Assoc. Prof. Franck Meijboom, University of Utrecht
    • Prof. Herwig Grimm, Messerli Research Institute, University of Veterinary Medicine, Medical University of Vienna and University of Vienna
  • Veterinary medicine:
    • Julie Johnson, Norwegian Veterinay Institute
    • Prof. Randi Oppermann Moe, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
    • Prof. Susanna Stenberg Lewerin (disease control), SLU
    • Assoc. Prof. Dorte Bratbo Sørensen, University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
    • Ass. Prof. David Arney, Estonian University of Life Sciences

Please find more information on the course and on how to apply here:

Published 16. May 2017 - 14:39 - Updated 16. May 2017 - 14:42