Veterinarian's Oath

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American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

1954, revised 1969, 1999


Originally adopted by the AVMA House of Delegates in 1954, the Veterinarian's Oath was revised in 1969. Phrases regarding "the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge" were added to the oath. Others were dropped, including a specific pledge to "temper pain with anesthesia where indicated" and one not to use professional knowledge "contrary to the laws of humanity." The 1969 version of the oath, printed below, is administered to the graduating classes at many veterinary colleges. The oath was amended by the Executive Board, November 1999.


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, the 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.