Last update to this section: July 2021
III. CVTEA Conflict of Interest Policy
Avoidance of Conflict of Interest
To ensure that all matters dealing with accreditation of programs in veterinary technology are conducted in an unbiased manner, the CVTEA has adopted a Conflict of Interest Policy. The policy extends and pertains to those CVTEA members who have immediate family (parents, spouses, and siblings) in any of the potential conflict areas listed. Further, the policy extends to all AVMA CVTEA support staff.
- CVTEA Members
No member of the CVTEA who has an identified conflict of interest shall participate in any way in accrediting decisions who:
- Is a graduate of the program or the institution being evaluated.
- Is currently employed or has financial interest with a program or institution that is a potential competitor of the program being evaluated.
- Is or has been employed by the program or institution being evaluated.
- Is or has had financial interest in the program or institution being evaluated.
- Is a member of the advisory committee or Institutional Animal Care and use Committee (IACUC) of the program being evaluated.
- Is an employee or former (within the past five years) employee of the AVMA.
- Has reason to believe other conflicts of interest exist that have not been listed herein. (The member should communicate with the Chair of the Committee for clarification of any concerns.)
- AVMA CVTEA Staff
Although AVMA CVTEA staff members do not participate directly in decisions regarding accreditation of programs, they are in a position to influence the outcomes of the process. Conversely, staff provides continuity to the evaluation process. No AVMA CVTEA staff member will serve on a site visit team who:
- Has graduated during the past five years from a program being evaluated.
- Has been employed during the past five years by a program or institution being evaluated.
- Has close personal or familial relationships with key personnel in the program or institution being evaluated.
Conduct of CVTEA Meetings
No member of the CVTEA who has an identified conflict of interest shall participate in any way in accrediting decisions. The individual shall leave the room when the report in question is being discussed. In cases where the existence of a conflict of interest is less obvious, it is the responsibility of any Committee member who feels a potential conflict of interest exists, to absent themselves from the room. The conflict of interest policy shall be limited to decisions regarding accreditation and shall not infer conflict with other decision-making responsibilities.