About this event

  • Date and time Mon 5 Dec 2022 from 2:00pm to 6:35pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Comparative Medicine

This fascinating event will explore the issues governing the choice of action concerning end-of-life care. Particularly in human and animal patients within the framework of the differing legal and ethical positions facing both human and veterinary clinicians. Explore where each profession might benefit from a better understanding of the position of the other and how the situation might evolve.

Join expert speakers with a multi-disciplinary approach. Examine some of the different legal and ethical issues facing human and veterinary clinicians when faced with the question of when to withhold treatment. 

Participants will be able to:

  • Have a better understanding of how clinicians of each profession approach this question, particularly where their ethical obligations differ and where they overlap
  • Gain an understanding of the issues governing the decision to adopt palliative care (human or veterinary patients) or euthanasia (veterinary patients)
  • Investigate the degree of freedom available to clinicians in this regard
  • Explore where changes in the legal and ethical position of each profession might evolve

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Key speakers

Professor Derek Willis

Professor of Palliative Care and Bioethics, Severn Hospice

Dr Nicola Stingelin

Lecturer in Medical Ethics, University of Basel

Dr Polly Taylor

EVBH Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia

Professor Dan Brockman

Professor of Cardiology, The Royal Veterinary College, University of London


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Welcome and introduction

Professor Philippe B Wilson, Professor of One Health, Nottingham Trent University

Dr Nicola Stingelin, Lecturer in Medical Ethics, University of Basel

Speaker to be confirmed

Professor Dan Brockman, Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Service, The Royal Veterinary College and Professor of Cardiology, University of London

Professor Derek Willis, Professor of Palliative Medicine and Bioethics, Severn Hospice

Comfort break

Dr Polly Taylor, Consultant in Veterinary Anaesthesia, Taylor Monroe

Professor Rishabh Prasad, Clinical Director

Dr Sean Wensley, Senior Veterinary Surgeon, People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals

Panel discussion
Closing remarks
Close of meeting



Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. Late registrations will not be accepted.  


  • The agenda is subject to change at any time 
  • If the event is recorded, we are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. There is no guarantee that all sessions will be available after the event, this is at the presenters and RSM discretion. 
  • All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations. 
  • This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 
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