New Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics Proposed

Have you ever wondered if it was ethical to…?

Whenever veterinarians, state boards and state VMAs need ethical guidance on veterinary issues, the AVMA’s Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME) serves as a guiding document for the profession. In addition, the Principles are incorporated into numerous state veterinary practice acts.

The Judicial Council, which has oversight of this policy, has proposed a new version of the document and is seeking member comment on it. The council has proposed eight overarching tenets called “The Principles,” and reformatted the document into three sections: Introduction, Principles and Glossary. The Judicial Council believes that this new framework will allow The Principles to endure as written, and that supporting annotations may be revised as needed to address new concepts. The new document is completely reformatted, and was developed with input and comment from volunteer members.

We invite members to review the proposal (PDF) and submit your comments by clicking on the link in the comment bubble within the document. The deadline for comment is February 28, 2014.

The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics affect every veterinarian, every day. That’s why it’s so important that our members seize this opportunity to review and comment on the proposal (PDF).

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