Maintaining public trust in veterinary medicine is crucial. The public expects that a veterinarian will use their knowledge, skills, and judgment in the best interest of any animal(s) in their care and that their choice of treatment will be based on objective professional judgment and not by considerations of personal or financial interests. A veterinarian is expected to act in a trustworthy manner by being competent, honest, and reliable. When a veterinarian’s animal health care decision-making is influenced by personal interests or potential gain, the reputation of the profession could be at risk.
Conflicts of interest in the practice of veterinary medicine will arise. Being in a conflict of interest or having a potential conflict of interest does not mean that a veterinarian has acted inappropriately. They can arise out of circumstances outside of a veterinarian’s control. However, it is important for a veterinarian to avoid conflicts of interest if possible, and to identify when they are in a real or potential conflict of interest and determine how to manage that conflict.
Conflict of Interest: A conflict of interest arises when a veterinarian's duties and responsibilities may be influenced by some other interest that the veterinarian has, usually a personal or financial interest. The test for a conflict of interest is not only whether the veterinarian believes that such an interest may affect their professional judgement but also the perception of a reasonable person aware of the circumstances as to whether the conflict may influence the professional judgement of the veterinarian.
Guide to the Standard
A separate Guide to the Professional Practice Standard: Conflicts of Interest in the Practice of Veterinary Medicine has been developed by the College and is available on the College website www.cvo.org.
R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 1093: General s. 1, 17 (1) 25, 38 and 42-44 (Veterinarians Act)
The following can be found at the College website at cvo.org:
Guide to the Professional Practice Standard: Conflicts of Interest in the Practice of Veterinary Medicine
Professional Practice Standard: Informed Client Consent
Guide to the Professional Practice Standard: Informed Client Consent
Professional Practice Standard: Medical Records
Guide to the Professional Practice Standard: Medical Records
Professional Practice Standard: Establishing, Maintaining, and Discontinuing a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR)
Guide to the Professional Practice Standard: Establishing, Maintaining, and Discontinuing a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR)