ABSTRACT: The ability to reflect upon an event allows the individual to consider their actions and consequences. The use of a model of reflection can help guide the individual through a structured process of contemplation. Difficult decisions and dilemmas are something that the veterinary profession deal with on a daily basis. The ability to reflect is a skill that can be implemented throughout the individual’s professional life. Professional practice, legal implications and ethical considerations were evaluated and considered concerning a critical incident.


Sarah Bolton BA (Hons) DipAVN (small animal) ISFM CertFN A1 RVN

Sarah began nursing in 2002 in mixed practice and qualified in 2006. Sarah completed the Advanced Veterinary Nurse Diploma in 2015 at Harper Adams University and hopes to top this up to degree level. Sarah has most recently gained the ISFM Certificate in Feline Friendly Nursing. Her interests include medical and surgical nursing, wound management, anaesthesia, feline nursing, laboratory techniques and veterinary nurse training. Email: sarahboltonuk@btinternet.com

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 31 (12) • December 2016 pp354-377

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