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New Vets' Oath Stresses Welfare Commitment

by 5m Editor
9 December 2010, at 9:58am

US - The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has amended the oast taken by veterinarians to emphasise their commitment to animal welfare.

At its meeting last month, the AVMA Executive Board approved a recommendation from the Animal Welfare Committee to amend the Veterinarian's Oath to clearly identify animal welfare as a priority of the veterinary profession.

The newly revised section of the oath—the committee's additions appear in italics—reads as follows: "Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge."

"From today forward, every graduate entering our profession will swear an oath not only to protect animal health but also welfare; to not only relieve animal suffering but to prevent it. That's a powerful statement defining ourselves and our responsibilities, not a vague symbol," Dr J. Bruce Nixon, AWC chair-elect, said about the Executive Board action.