Social media moderation policy

Updated March 2017

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) hosts numerous discussion venues for AVMA members, other veterinary professionals and members of the general public interested in veterinary medicine and animal health. Your participation is subject to this policy, the AVMA Websites Agreement & Terms of Use, and the Privacy Policy.

Our discussion and social media venues are open, and we welcome collegial discussion in them. But they also are intended to be professional and family-friendly. So please keep your comments and posts clean, and please be respectful of the rights of others to hold and express their own opinions.

While it is not our intention to ever ban individuals from our pages, if we believe content violates this policy or our terms of use, we reserve the right to remove that content and may warn or block the offending user. The following activities or types of posts may be removed, and the offending user may be given a warning or may be banned, depending on the severity of the offense:

  1. Personal attacks;
  2. Posts or comments that make obscene remarks about or attacks on the veterinary profession;
  3. Reviews of individual veterinarians or veterinary clinics;
  4. Graphic, obscene, explicit, sexist, racist or similar comments;
  5. Spam, solicitations and advertisements, including website promotion;
  6. "Bumping" content by repeatedly bringing existing or past issues to the top of the page/discussion;
  7. Posts and comments that are blatantly off-topic;
  8. Copyrighted or trademarked material, or intellectual property, posted without the permission of the owner.
  9. Material that encourages anticompetitive activity – specifically:
    1. Material that encourages or facilitates an agreement that expressly or implicitly leads to price fixing or a boycott of another’s business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade.
    2. Material that encourages or facilitates an agreement about prices, discounts, terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers.

Our discussion venues are not intended for providing diagnosis or treatment recommendations regarding animal health problems. An online resource is not a substitute for veterinary examination, and online interaction is not a valid Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR).