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RCVS Council
Revising the Guide to Professional Conduct

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  • A draft new Guide to Professional Conduct

  • University tuition fees

  • Code of conduct for Council members

  • Gangmasters Licensing Authority and farm animal practice

These were among matters discussed by the RCVS Council at its meeting on March 3. The RCVS President, Peter Jinman, chaired the meeting, which was held at Belgravia House, London SW1P.

AN RCVS working party is currently reviewing the Guide to Professional Conduct. The chair of the working party, Clare Tapsfield-Wright updated the Council on the progress made so far and presented a draft of a new ‘Code of Professional Conduct’ for consideration.

Mrs Tapsfield-Wright explained that, in the draft code, a more condensed version of the declaration made by veterinary surgeons on admission to the RCVS was proposed, as follows: ‘I promise and solemnly declare that my constant endeavour will be to ensure the welfare of animals committed to my care and that I will pursue the work of my profession with integrity and accept my responsibilities to clients, the public, the profession and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’. This put animal welfare as the first priority. The code was then formed of five guiding principles covering the conduct of veterinary surgeons and six divisions of veterinary surgeons' responsibilities.

The working party had considered developing a code of professional conduct for all veterinary professionals. However, it had quickly become clear that this would be too cumbersome so it had been decided that there should be separate codes for veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses.

The RCVS Officers and Registrar at the Council meeting on March 3: (from left) Bradley Viner, Sandy Trees, Peter Jinman, Jane Hern and Jerry Davies

Photographs: I. Holloway/RCVS

The Council was asked to approve the draft code for veterinary surgeons so that it could be sent to the …

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