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Reconciling autonomy and beneficence in treatment decision-making for animal patients (2018)
Journal Article
Gray, C., Fox, M., & Hobson-West, P. (in press). Reconciling autonomy and beneficence in treatment decision-making for animal patients. Liverpool Law Review, doi:10.1007/s10991-018-9211-4. ISSN 0144-932X

This article explores how the concept of consent to medical treatment applies in the veterinary context, and aims to evaluate normative justifications for owner consent to treatment of animal patients. We trace the evolution of the test for valid con... Read More

Societal sentience: constructions of the public in animal research policy and practice (2017)
Journal Article
Hobson-West, P., & Davies, A. (in press). Societal sentience: constructions of the public in animal research policy and practice. Science, Technology, and Human Values, 43(4), doi:10.1177/0162243917736138. ISSN 0162-2439

The use of non-human animals as models in research and drug testing is a key route through which contemporary scientific knowledge is certified. Given ethical concerns, regulation of animal research promotes the use of less ‘sentient’ animals. This p... Read More

Informed consent in veterinary medicine: ethical implications for the profession and the animal 'patient' (2017)
Journal Article
Ashall, V., Millar, K. M., & Hobson-West, P. (2018). Informed consent in veterinary medicine: ethical implications for the profession and the animal 'patient'. Food Ethics, 1(3), 247-258. doi:10.1007/s41055-017-0016-2

Informed consent processes are a vital component of both human and veterinary medicine. Current practice encourages veterinarians to learn from insights in the human medical field about how best to achieve valid consent. However, drawing on published... Read More

"She's a dog at the end of the day": guide dog owners' perspectives on the behaviour of their guide dog (2017)
Journal Article
Craigon, P. J., Hobson-West, P., England, G. C., Whelan, C. T., Lethbridge, E., & Asher, L. (2017). "She's a dog at the end of the day": guide dog owners' perspectives on the behaviour of their guide dog. PLoS ONE, 12(4), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0176018. ISSN 1932-6203

A guide dog is a domestic dog (Canis familiaris) that is specifically educated to provide mobility support to a blind or visually impaired owner. Current dog suitability assessments focus on behavioural traits, including: trainability, reactivity or... Read More

Factors influencing veterinary surgeons’ decision-making about dairy cattle vaccination (2016)
Journal Article
Richens, I., Hobson-West, P., Brennan, M. L., Hood, Z., Kaler, J., Green, M., …Wapenaar, W. (in press). Factors influencing veterinary surgeons’ decision-making about dairy cattle vaccination. Veterinary Record, 179(16), doi:10.1136/vr.103822. ISSN 0042-4900

The use of vaccines in the cattle industry is widespread; however, there is limited published guidance for use by decision-makers such as farmers and vets. To best support vets in advising dairy farmers on the optimisation of vaccination strategies,... Read More

Farmers’ perception of the role of veterinary surgeons in vaccination strategies on British dairy farms (2015)
Journal Article
Richens, I., Hobson-West, P., Brennan, M. L., Lowton, R., Kaler, J., & Wapenaar, W. (in press). Farmers’ perception of the role of veterinary surgeons in vaccination strategies on British dairy farms. Veterinary Record, 177(18), doi:10.1136/vr.103415. ISSN 0042-4900

There is limited research investigating the motivators and barriers to vaccinating dairy cattle. Veterinary surgeons have been identified as important sources of information for farmers making vaccination and disease control decisions, as well as bei... Read More

Opening up animal research and science-society relations?: a thematic analysis of transparency discourses in the United Kingdom (2015)
Journal Article
McLeod, C., & Hobson-West, P. (2016). Opening up animal research and science-society relations?: a thematic analysis of transparency discourses in the United Kingdom. Public Understanding of Science, 25(7), doi:10.1177/0963662515586320. ISSN 0963-6625

The use of animals in scientific research represents an interesting case to consider in the context of the contemporary preoccupation with transparency and openness in science and governance. In the United Kingdom, organisations critical of animal re... Read More

Animals and anomalies: an analysis of the UK veterinary profession and the relative lack of state reform (2015)
Journal Article
Hobson-West, P., & Timmons, S. (2016). Animals and anomalies: an analysis of the UK veterinary profession and the relative lack of state reform. Sociological Review, 64(1), doi:10.1111/1467-954X.12254. ISSN 0038-0261

The sociology of professions literature would predict that the contemporary state would not allow groups to continue unregulated or unreformed. However, this is indeed the case with the UK veterinary profession, with legislation dating back to 1966.... Read More