ABVS - Statement on Integrity

June 2013

 
To encourage ongoing confidence in the review and recognition process for veterinary specialty organizations, both the organizations and the ABVS must be assured that functions assigned to each entity are clearly understood. The following are some of the areas where special efforts must be made to assure integrity of the process:

A.  Integrity—Veterinary Specialty Organizations

1. The veterinary specialty organization must present accurate information to the ABVS in its initial petition for recognition, its annual report, its five-year in-depth report, and any other report required in the ABVS Policies and Procedures Manual.

2. The recognized veterinary specialty organization (RVSO) must refrain from misleading advertisement of the organization and must correct any inaccuracy.

3. If an RVSO releases information regarding its recognition status, the information must be correct. Should misinformation be released, the RVSO must correct the information in a timely manner.

B. Integrity – Independent Certification Boards

1. The independent certification board must present accurate information to the ABVS, through its parent RVSO in the RVSO’s initial petition for recognition, its annual report, its five-year in-depth report, and any other report required in the ABVS Policies and Procedures Manual.

2. The independent certification board must refrain from misleading advertisement of the organization and must correct any inaccuracy.

3. If an independent certifying board releases information regarding its relationship with the parent RVSO or that RVSO’s status, the information must be correct. Should misinformation be released, the independent certification board, through its parent RVSO must correct the information in a timely manner.


C. Integrity—American Board of Veterinary Specialties

1. During the evaluation process, the ABVS must evaluate the veterinary specialty organization and veterinary specialty according only to the guidelines for recognition, which are outlined in the ABVS Policies and Procedures Manual approved by the AVMA Executive Board. Application of these standard guidelines must be unbiased.

2. Review of all reports and deliberation toward the assignment of recognition status must be conducted with the highest ethical standards.

3. All material and discussion of the ABVS pertaining to recognition or discipline of veterinary specialty organizations or resolution of mediation must be confidential. This implies that such discussions may be held in Executive Session during the ABVS annual meeting, and all media considered “sensitive materials” must be disposed of in such a manner to maintain the confidentiality.