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Joined: Sat Jun 2nd, 2007
Location: Tāhuna / Glenorchy, New Zealand
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 Posted: Thu Nov 20th, 2008 08:00 am
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Hi Dr Deb,

Congratulations on the new website - it's been a while since I checked in and have wandered around with great interest again. It looks very swish.

Taking another look at the Knowledge Base, I enjoyed a 'new' article, "On Fostering Long Life".

I don't believe it's yet been mentioned on the board, would you be willing to entertain some discussion around providing instructions and authority for your horses' care givers (at the farm/barn) to euthanize your animals?

Your words read:
"I have therefore providing my veterinarians and the owner of the ranch where they live with legal documents stating when and how my horses may be euthanatized should an incurable, final situation arise, and in the event that I am absent and cannot be reached. I have spoken one-on-one and heart-to-heart with all the people who will have to be involved."

My questions are:

1. What legal authorities have you delegated (US specific, or more putting it on paper for clarity?)

2. In which situations is the authority able to be exercised?

My guesses are:

1. A letter or similar based on an existing adgistment contract; or a web template type document which delegates a duty of care?

2. Do you describe specific situations (my guess is no); or more likely describe the assessment process (seeking a trusted and named veterinarian's advice for example)

Thank you for your consideration. All responses welcomed!

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