Surgical Procedures by Nonveterinary Students

Comment on this policy

It is the opinion of the American Veterinary Medical Association that surgery performed for non-research purposes on any animal is the practice of veterinary medicine that requires extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and medicine. Therefore, instruction of NONVETERINARY students in surgical procedures is not advocated. If such instruction is provided, surgery should be performed only:

  • within the context of a structured course of study administered by a post-secondary institution,
  • under direct veterinary supervision (i.e. with the veterinarian physically present) and
  • with prior approval of the appropriate Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).