Farm animals make for great study subjects. If you are a medical student or have a Masters’s degree in a related field, you might find yourself pondering the ethical issues regarding the use of animals in research and development. There are so many different types of animals and their use is usually based on the complexity of the experiment.
The three main groups of farm animals are domestic animals (cats, dogs, pigs), farm animals (sheep, cattle, horses), and wild animals (rabbits, deer, fish). A domesticated animal is one that has been bred and raised to be obedient and docile, as well as having a keen sense of smell and hearing. Farm animals (hog, chicken, etc.) have been domesticated because they produce meat and milk and are bred to have specific qualities.
The Possible Ethical Dilemmas
With this background, there are a number of possible ethical dilemmas in pursuing scientific pursuits with domestic animals, the use of which is not widely accepted. Even if you are studying the behavior of a domesticated animal such as a dog, it is possible that your interest in the animal might lead to problems. If you decide to breed dogs and give them away to the lowest bidder, then you will be selecting pets that are healthy for nothing more than breeding. You will be contributing to an environment that is barren, polluted, and unhealthy.
For instance, many dog owners have an attitude toward the world. It is the responsibility of the dog to ensure its own hygiene. They will purchase products with the intent of making their pets clean. They will also wash and bathe their dogs regularly. Some also believe that by getting rid of fleas, their dogs are less likely to contract parasites.
If you decide to make your dog’s hair short, you are cutting down on moisture. The matted hair allows for better cleaning removes all dirt and microorganisms from the hair. If you are trying to do an experiment with a dog that has special needs, it is important to know how to care for the animal.
Sanitation Is Key
Some farm animals have a habit of being left in their feces, lying around and smelling and tasting disgusting. I have never seen a veterinarian clean up this mess. Some research suggests that the only way to keep the fur of your rabbit dry is to sweep it every day. Keep it away from direct sunlight. Many cats and dogs receive baths and grooming, usually twice a week.
Do you think you could wash your furry animal without creating unsanitary conditions? If you only cared about the hair on your dog’s face but did not pay attention to any smell from his paws, back, or tummy, then you would be feeding him bad food. You may not realize it, but your pet has many different types of natural needs. This is why it is important to learn what he is missing.
If your research involves a long term relationship between humans and animals, then you should also consider long-term research for diseases or treatment of diseases that affect farm animals. These particular studies require special equipment and procedures that are not available to the general public. You must have a license to handle these animals. Allow them to experience the comfort and satisfaction of living life in a “happy” home.
Find A Vet
In addition to working in the medical field, you can find employment as a veterinary technician. Veterinary technicians are responsible for diagnosis, treatment, and control of health issues involving farm animals. You will also work closely with veterinary doctors, providing guidance and advice when necessary.
Veterinary technicians can choose to specialize in a particular animal type (for example, service animals) or in a specific disease. If you love animals and enjoy helping people, the veterinary field is an excellent choice.
If you are considering studying wildlife, you will need to be aware of the differences between domestic and wild animals. For example, you will need to know the difference between a fawn and a foal. You will also need to know the difference between a wolf and a skunk.
Veterinarians take this knowledge very seriously. After the holidays, you may wish to look into a position as a veterinarian receptionist or a veterinarian assistant. You can find a position as a political advisor or a campaign coordinator if you’re into politics.