Hamilton, LA (2017) Bridging the divide between theory and practice: taking a co-productive approach to vet-farmer relationships. Food Ethics, 1 (3). pp. 221-233. ISSN 2364-6861

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This article explores the practical difficulties faced by veterinary surgeons in bridging the divide between scientific and practitioner knowledge. By review of extant literature and an empirical example from the dairy industry, cattle lameness, the article advocates innovative approaches to the concept of knowledge transfer and suggests an alternative to the evidence-based communication model that many vets seek to use in practice. In highlighting a qualitative understanding of knowledge within a needs-based process of learning, the article suggests that co-produced experiences, framed by dialogic exchange and democratic learning techniques, have potential to bring together different forms of expertise in applied ways. The article contends that doing so carries the potential for greater collaboration, learning and change on farms.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Springer at https://doi.org/10.1007/s41055-017-0011-7 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: livestock animals, applied ethics, veterinary surgeons, professional advice, cattle lameness, co-production, knowledge, learning, change
Subjects: S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Keele Management School
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2017 10:33
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2018 09:39
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/2940

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