January 15, 2001


 AVMA clarifies position on surgical procedures by nonveterinary students

Posted Jan. 1, 2001

The Executive Board has approved revisions to the AVMA position on surgical procedures for nonveterinary students.

The position states that the AVMA does not advocate instruction of non-veterinary students in surgical procedures. If such instruction is provided, however, surgery should be performed only within the context of a structured course of study administered by a postsecondary institution, under direct veterinary supervision.

The position statement defines veterinary supervision as having a veterinarian physically present, and obtaining prior approval of the appropriate institutional animal care and use committee.