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Final call for comments on draft Code of Conduct

20 June 2011

It’s the final call for comments on the draft new RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons, as the consultation closes on Friday, 24 June 2011.

The draft Code also contains an updated declaration to be made by veterinary surgeons, which gives increased emphasis to animal welfare

The new draft Code, which is intended to replace the existing RCVS Guide to Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons, was produced by a Working Party set up by the RCVS Advisory Committee.

The new Code is a short, principles-based document using the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe’s Code of Conduct as the starting point.

It will be supported by additional advice on specific areas of veterinary practice or issues, for example, clinical governance.

New requirements in the Code include compulsory continuing professional development, the RCVS Health Protocol and more on clinical competence.

It also contains an updated declaration to be made by veterinary surgeons, which gives increased emphasis to animal welfare.

The new Code, together with the consultation paper, can be downloaded from our consultations section.

Comments, which are welcomed from the profession and the public, should be sent by email to Christopher Murdoch, Secretary to the Guides Review Working Party, at c.murdoch@rcvs.org.uk by Friday, 24 June 2011.

A separate consultation will open shortly on a draft RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Nurses.

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