Veterinarians are highly trained professionals who have earned degrees from accredited universities or similar institutions, and practice their discipline in a variety of different settings. Most are credits to the profession, and adhere to the progressive code of ethical conduct to which they have been sworn.
That code of conduct is known as the Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics, and it comprises many tenets. These include the principle that a veterinarian must be dedicated to providing competent veterinary medical care, and with compassion and respect for the welfare of their animal patients, and that he or she will provide care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship.
These principles also state that a vet will uphold standards of professionalism, and be honest in all of his or her professional interactions. Vets are also obligated to report those vets he or she becomes aware of who are deficient in character or not competent to practice.
Veterinarians must respect the law and recognize their responsibility to seek changes to those laws and regulations that run contrary to the best interests of the patient and of the public health, and also respect the rights of their clients, colleagues and other health care professionals, while continuing to study, apply and advance scientific knowledge. A vet must also recognize a responsibility to be active members of their community, and to participate in those activities that contribute to its improvement.
Samuel Holz is a veterinarian who lives and works in Houston, Texas, where he has a private practice called PetCare Unlimited and has always been in strict compliance with this Code of Conduct.