Blue Juice

Euthanasia in Veterinary Medicine

Patricia Morris
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244 pages
6 x 9
1 table

How veterinarians and owners manage companion animal euthanasia


Offering a candid behind-the-scenes look at small-animal veterinary practices, Blue Juice explores the emotional and ethical conflicts involved in providing a “good death” for companion animals. Patricia Morris presents a nuanced ethnographic account of how veterinarians manage patient care and client relations when their responsibility shifts from saving an animal's life to negotiating a decision to end it.

Using not only her own experiences and observations in veterinary settings but also the voices of both seasoned and novice veterinarians, Morris reveals how practitioners think about euthanasia and why this “dirty work” can precipitate burnout, moral quandaries, and tense or emotional interactions with clients. Closely examining these interactions, Morris illuminates the ways in which euthanasia reflects deep and unresolved tension in human-animal relationships.

Blue Juice seeks to understand how practitioners, charged with the difficult task of balancing the interests of their animal patients and their human clients, deal with the responsibility of ending their patients’ lives.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Euthanasia in Veterinary Medicine
1 Negotiating Death: Managing Disagreement with Pet Owners
2 Creating a Good Death: The Dramaturgy of Veterinary Euthanasia
3 Strange Intimacy: Managing Pet Owners’ Emotions
4 Learning to Euthanize: Death and the Novice Veterinarian
5 Coping with Euthanasia: Emotion-Management Strategies
Conclusion: Animals as Property and Patients
Appendix: Methodology

About the Author(s)

Patricia Morris is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Drury University.


In the Series

  • Animals, Culture, and Society edited by Arnold Arluke and Clinton R. Sanders

    Animals, Culture, and Society, edited by Arnold Arluke and Clinton R. Sanders, is concerned with probing the complex and contradictory human-animal relationship through the publication of accessible books that consider the place of animals in our culture, our literature, our society, and our homes.