Comments due March 4 on Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics

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There’s still time for AVMA members to comment on proposed updates to the Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). Comments are due by 11:59 pm Central Time on March 4, 2024.

The PVME describes a set of behaviors that are important to the ethical delivery of quality veterinary services in a variety of circumstances. Some of the changes in the updated DRAFT PVME include:

  • Restructuring to include fundamental Principles and a Code of Conduct, which are based heavily on the existing PVME’s Principles and Supporting Annotations, with some clarifying edits
  • Integrating the rationale currently included in the PVME’s Supporting Annotations into the Code of Conduct
  • Recasting the Useful Terms section as Definitions

How to submit comments

To comment, read through the DRAFT PVME, then complete a short form to communicate any specific changes you suggest and what your rationale is for those changes. 

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