Overuse of antibiotics in both human and animal fields is widely associated with the rise of antibiotic resistance. Relatively little is known about how antibiotics in farm and companion animal medicine are actually dispensed and the role of vets in this regard. As such this project will attempt to rectify this serious gap by investigating the extent to which the concept of responsibility is constructed by veterinarians, publics and policy-makers, with the intent that an ethical analysis will illuminate this issue. The project will draw on conceptualisation of responsibility (e.g. from responsible innovation work) and will deconstruct the idea of responsibility in relation to existing work on professionalism, expertise, veterinary ethics and human-animal relations. This is an interdisciplinary project that will apply qualitative methods and approaches from Applied Ethics and STS.
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