The Veterinarian’s Oath

The Veterinarian’s Oath

This is the Oath that every veterinarian takes when we graduate.
Why is it important? It affirms the roles and responsibilities of a veterinarian in protecting and enhancing animals’ welfare.

  • 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.

Our primary responsibility as veterinary doctors is to our patients. But our patients don’t call us, you do! So, veterinarians must also consider your needs and what works best for our clients (you) and patients (your pets).