The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) recognises that novel procedures may be necessary both in the interests of the individual animal and to improve the future veterinary care of animals.

The BSAVA recommends that veterinary surgeons considering the use of novel procedures should ensure that they have the relevant knowledge, skills and facilities to carry out the procedure as well as any emergency, palliative or salvage procedures that may be required.

The BSAVA recommends that the veterinary surgeon makes clear to the owner the nature of the procedure, the evidence that is and is not available regarding all the options and that the owner understands that the procedure is “novel”, in order to obtain informed consent.

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Animals in research



The RCVS provide guidance on:

Recognised veterinary practice
Informed Consent
Ethical review for Practice-based research


BSAVA Scientific Committee
BSAVA Council, November 2013

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