Moral Stress in Veterinary Teams: Exploring the Impact of Covid-19, Futile Treatment and Ethical Decision Making in Veterinary Practice

2022 Online event

12th January 2022

Co-hosted by the Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU) University of York, Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law Veterinary Association (AWSELVA) and University College Dublin School of Veterinary Medicine, we held our Zoom webinar to hear from and discuss different Research Perspectives to moral stress in Veterinary Teams.

The session was chaired by Professor Siobhan Mullan - Chair of Animal Welfare & Veterinary Ethics at the University College Dublin School of Veterinary Medicine

The Speakers included:

- Dr Lisa Moses- speaking on futility/non-beneficial care and veterinary moral stress.

- Dr Anne Quain - speaking on COVID-19 associated ethical challenges and moral distress in veterinary settings.

- Dr Vanessa Ashall - speaking on reducing moral stress through ethical discussion groups and ethical decision-making tools in veterinary practice.

The session started at 7:00pm UK Time, with opportunities for networking and questions after the main session.


Lisa Moses is a veterinarian and bioethicist. She is a lecturer at Harvard Medical School’s Center for Bioethics and holds bioethics faculty appointments at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, all in the United States. Her work is evenly split between veterinary medical ethics and research ethics, primarily in biodiversity conservation.

Anne Quain is a lecturer in the Sydney School of Veterinary Science, co-author of Veterinary Ethics: Navigating Tough Cases with Siobhan Mullan, and PhD candidate studying ethically challenging situations encountered by veterinary team members.

Vanessa Ashall is a European Veterinary Specialist in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law and co-director of the Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU). Vanessa is currently working with the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) on a Wellcome Trust funded project exploring moral stress and ethical decision making in veterinary teams.