(Current as of January 2022)
Veterinarians are members of a scholarly profession who have earned academic degrees from comprehensive universities or similar educational institutions. Veterinarians practice the profession of veterinary medicine in a variety of situations and circumstances. Members of the veterinary profession use their special knowledge and skills to serve society through the care and treatment of animals. Veterinarians have professional responsibilities in meeting the needs of their patients and their clients, in preserving public health and safety, in maintaining the public’s trust and respect for their colleagues and the veterinary profession, and in safeguarding the health and welfare of their support staff and themselves. While the primary professional responsibility of veterinarians is to their patients, veterinarians must balance this responsibility with those they also hold to their clients, to the public, to the profession, to their colleagues, and to themselves.
Exemplary professional conduct upholds the dignity of the veterinary profession. To that end, all veterinarians are expected to adhere to a progressive code of ethical conduct. The CVMA’s Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME) are intended to aid veterinarians individually and collectively in maintaining a high level of ethical conduct.
The CVMA’s PVME should be reviewed every five (5) years to ensure that they remain relevant and current.