Legal and ethical concerns
2. Legal and ethical concerns
Published 11 June 2021 | updated 14 September 2021
All practice-based research must meet legal and ethical standards to protect animal welfare, to ensure clients are able to give fully informed consent and to protect the reputation of those carrying out the research. Evidence of ethical approval is now frequently required by journals before they will accept manuscripts for publication.
Before undertaking any form of practice-based research veterinary surgeons should familiarise themselves with the RCVS Guidance relating to carrying out research as part of recognised veterinary practice and the report by a joint RCVS/BVA Working Party on ethical review for practice-based research.
- Code of Professional Conduct for veterinary surgeons: 25. Recognised veterinary practice [RCVS][online] Available from: https://www.rcvs.org.uk/setting-standards/advice-and-guidance/code-of-professional-conduct-for-veterinary-surgeons/supporting-guidance/recognised-veterinary-practice/ [Accessed 28 May 2021]
- RCVS and BVA (2013) Ethical review for practice-based research: a report of a joint RCVS/BVA working party. Available from: https://www.rcvs.org.uk/news-and-views/publications/ethical-review-for-practice-based-research/ [Accessed 28 May 2021]
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