The Veterinarian’s Oath

This post is in response to the WordPress one-word daily prompt: recite

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Physicians take the Hippocratic Oath whereby they vow to abide by certain rules, ethical standards, etc.  Veterinarians take The Veterinarian’s Oath.

During my hooding ceremony in veterinary school in 1985, I remember having to raise my right hand and recite The Veterinarian’s Oath at the end of the ceremony.  I clearly remember the emotions I felt and getting a little choked up and teary-eyed while reciting it. It has been modified slightly since that day in 1985 to emphasize a commitment to animal welfare.

My niece had to recite the oath from memory in front of the veterinary school dean, fellow students, and professors at her veterinary orientation recently.

Here it is:

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.

I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.

I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.


About Gail

I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, veterinarian, and wanna be writer. I love nature and animals of all kinds, music, cooking, and spending time with my family.
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