AVMA members are invited to comment on a proposed new version of the Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). This policy provides the overarching ethical guidelines for our profession, and is incorporated into many state veterinary practice acts, so it is of utmost importance to veterinarians.

The AVMA Judicial Council, which is responsible for overseeing the Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics, developed the proposed new version  with input and comment from volunteer members of the AVMA. The proposed new document is completely reformatted and represents a whole new approach that would replace the current Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics if approved. The Judicial Council has proposed eight overarching tenets called “The Principles” and has reformatted the document into three sections: Introduction, Principles and Glossary. The Judicial Council believes that this framework will allow The Principles to endure as written, and that supporting annotations may be revised as needed to address new concepts.

AVMA members are invited to review the proposed new Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics and submit your comments by clicking on the link in the comment bubble within the document. The deadline for comment is February 28, 2014.

The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics affect every veterinarian, every day. That’s why it’s so important for AVMA members to seize this opportunity to review and comment on the proposed new Principles.