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The RCVS codes of conduct: what's in a word?
  1. Steven McCulloch, BVSc, BA, MRCVS1,
  2. Michael Reiss, MA, PhD, PGCE, MBA, FIBiol, FRSA2,
  3. Peter Jinman, OBE, BVetMed, DipArb, FCIArb, MRCVS2 and
  4. Christopher Wathes, OBE, BSc, PhD, FIAgrE2
  1. 1Royal Veterinary College, University of London
  2. 2Institute of Education, University of London
  1. e-mail: smcculloch{at}


In 2012, the RCVS introduced a new Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons, replacing the Guide to Professional Conduct which had existed until then. Is a common Code relevant for the veterinarian's many roles? There's more to think about here than just the change of name, write Steven McCulloch, Michael Reiss, Peter Jinman and Christopher Wathes

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