Research in past years has shown that veterinarians and physicians do not always agree on the topics of euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide. A survey was sent to these two professional groups in the Commonwealth of Kentucky via email using the survey website, FluidSurveys. This survey was meant to record how positively or negatively each profession views euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, in general, using a series of statements to which each respondent would agree or disagree. Participants were also asked if they felt any arguments either opposing or supporting euthanasia for humans or for animals could also be used as arguments for the other group. For example, could one of the major arguments that is used to oppose human euthanasia also be used to oppose euthanasia for animals? The major finding of this survey was that vets and physicians generally agree with each other with respect to most forms of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. The only few differences in their responses was found in the statements regarding whether or not arguments could be used interchangeably. Nonetheless, both doctors and vets agreed that these arguments should not be related. The results of the survey were compared to similar research done in the United Kingdom and Sweden.

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Fall 12-2013


Michael Ward

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