Owners’ informed consent for a necropsy of a companion animal as a conflict-reducing mean in the veterinary practice
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Department of Pathophysiology, Forensic Veterinary Medicine and Administration University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland
Department Cryminology and Crimanalistics, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland
Centre for Veterinary Sciences, Nicolaus Copernicus University
Department of Criminal Proceedings and executive criminal law University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland
Institute of Political Science, Uniwersytet Warmińsko-Mazurski w Olsztynie
Department of Pathophysiology, Forensic Veterinary Medicine and Administration Uniwersytet Warmińsko-Mazurski w Olsztynie
Submission date: 2020-02-21
Final revision date: 2020-09-23
Acceptance date: 2020-11-04
Publication date: 2021-01-18
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Ireneusz Sołtyszewski   

Department Cryminology and Crimanalistics, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland
JoMS 2020;45(2):121-141
The authors’ aim is not only to extend research, but also to assist in problem-solving actions in every-day veterinary practice.

Material and methods:
Legal and moral norms related to veterinary necrops and the consent of the owners were analyzed according to literary, teleological and comparative interpretation methods.

Professional ethical norms in connection with the civil law are ius semidispositivum (semiimperativum), the parties may regulate their rights and obligations in a manner different from the statutory provisions, if such changes are more favorable, e.g. provide higher ethical standards, strengthen ownership rights, and intensify animal protection.

The case of any the diagnostic section (different from the forensic veterinary necropsies carried out at the ordinance of the court, prosecutor or the police, and administrative-sanitary necropsies), the veterinary surgeon is required to obtain the owner’s express, informed consent, preferably in written.

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