Jamie L. Rothenburger is a veterinarian and researcher in the Department of Pathobiology at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on February 26, 2015, in The Western Producer.
The recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling on assisted death has opened the door for legislation and sparked dialogue about what assisted dying should look like in this country. As we grapple with these difficult questions surrounding assisted death, it may be pertinent to consult those in our society with considerable experience: veterinarians are frequently asked to euthanize their patients. ...continue reading
Émilie Lacharité is Digital Content Editor at CMAJ
Humans are mammals. Yup. Sometimes we need to be reminded of the obvious in order to give our head a shake. Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, a cardiologist with the UCLA Medical Centre and “zoobiquitous physician”, did some reminding in her TEDMED presentation.
Of course there are obvious differences between humans and other species, but overall we have a lot of similar or identical organs, diseases, afflictions and behaviours. So why do veterinarians and physicians keep working in parallel? With her "zoobiquity" Natterson-Horowitz is trying to change that.
Physicians and vets, she says, are caring for the same disorders. There’s congestive heart failure, cancer, ALS, anxiety, eating disorders, self-injury, post-partum depression, stroke, and the list goes on. Many procedures are also the same ...continue reading