CODE OF VETERINARY ETHICS
The honour and dignity of our profession lies in our obedience to a just and reasonable code of ethics set forth as a guide to the members of the Veterinary profession. The object of this code, however, is more far reaching for exemplary professional conduct not only upholds honor and dignity but also enlarges our sphere of usefulness, exalts our social standards and promotes the science we cultivate. Briefly stated, our code of ethics is the foundation of our individual and collective efforts. It will be disgraceful and regarded undesirable in, and unbecoming to a professional man if he does not abide by this code. Such conduct is generally termed unethical and should be avoided at all times. It is understood that each country is free to make its own ethical decision for what is the rule in one country may not be appropriate in another. Therefore this code of our profession is based on professional conduct expected of a veterinarian in this country appropriate to the situation and times in which we live in with our heritage.
If an owner of a sick animal which has been recently treated by one veterinary surgeon, calls upon another for treatment, the latter should decline to attend unless he considered as a consultant or the owner of the animal produces a letter referring to the case to the veterinary surgeon in question of the first veterinary surgeon is away and is not available or there is evidence that the first veterinary surgeon has retired from the case or informed by the owner that his services are no longer required. The Veterinary surgeon called in expected to inform the one whom he is superseding. This should not be done without reference to the previous veterinarian. This is not just a matter of professional courtesy and etiquette. It is because, it is certainly not in the patient’s interest but highly dangerous from the veterinarian�s point of view as well to treat the animal without ascertaining the previous case history & treatment.
It is unprofessional for a veterinary surgeon or a veterinary practitioner to canvass or tour for practice whether by himself or though others. Thus, in the event of a farm or an estate changing hands, ownership or management, the Veterinary surgeon who was in attendance on the animals in the farm or estate should not approach directly or indirectly the new owner or management with a view to continue his professional services to said owner or management.
Registered Veterinary Surgeon or Veterinary practitioner should not attend to secure clients or gain reputation by any kind of advertisement in the press but this not prevent him from publishing articles in professional journals, the popular press, broadcasting and appearing on television. He should not call himself a consultant, specialist, Canine or Feline surgeon etc. as these titles are generally not accepted in Veterinary practice.
The only legitimate method of gaining professional reputation is by strict ethical conduct & proficient and skillful practice of the profession. Therefore, any attempt direct or indirect to increase one’s professional refutation by other means some of which are specified above can be regarded as forms of advertising which may be considered infamous conduct. However, this does not preclude the use of one’s professional qualifications and titles in appropriate please.
Advertising case report.
This should be limited to name, title, address office hours and telephone number.
Writing articles announcing the presence of contagious diseases and their seasonal prevention or treatment is encouraged provided the motive is a bonfire attempt to salvage livestock of clients rather than personal gain wisely worded articles of this type add to the dignity and usefulness of the veterinary profession, where as paid advertisement of the same subject are manifestly detrimental and therefore,is violation of this code.
The distribution of cards or circulars by mail or other wise remanding clients that the time is at hand for rendering certain services (vaccination, worm-parasite treatment etc.) is a questionable practice should be frowned upon objectionable advertising.
Bonafide personal letters or telephone calls of the same class as printed material may however be approved under special circumstances of grave emergencies where professional dignity is not sacrificed.
(a) By display of signboards:-Veterinary surgeons have a duty to see that their premises can be found without under difficulty by the member of the public seeking their services, for this purpose professional premises may be identified by one signboard reading Veterinary Hospital/Dispensary or Veterinary Clinic or Veterinary Surgery giving the hours of attendance and if desired the telephone number of the practitioner and any information which indicates where veterinary advice or assistance may by sought when the clinic is closed . No other information should be as is given in the signboard.
The size and design of the signboard should be as is consistent with the professional approach to the provision of information for member of the public and should not give appearance of a commercial sign intended to attract custom.
The signboard should not announce special services such as bathing, plucking clipping and X-ray work which characterize the ways of charlatan.
Professional note papers, accounts heads visiting cards and all other professional stationary should not be printed in large letters or with florid display and should contain generally the following:
This may be announced by a very brief note in the local press. He may also write under cover to bonafide clients of the change of address. However, it not permissible to make an announcement in the press when a new practice is set up. Any change in address must be notified to the Registrar of the Bangladesh Veterinary Council.
It is unprofessional for any veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner to give any testimonial intended for sales promotion in favour of proprietary or patent articles,medicines or animal foods. Such reports may be given publicly through a veterinary journal or at a meeting of a veterinary association.
It is unethical to guarantee a cure. Employing questionable methods to attract attention or boast of possessing superior knowledge or skill in the treatment or prevention of any diseases should be avoided
the Bangladesh Veterinary Association.
The veterinarian should first of all be a good citizen and leader in movement to advance the community welfare. He should commit no act that would reflect unfavorably upon the worthiness of his profession. He should promote the interests, honor and dignity of the veterinary profession with good faith.
A Veterinary surgeon in Govt. employment or in a similar position has certain advantages over a veterinarian in private practice in the same area. It would be unprofessional for the former to exploit this advantage. In cases of doubt be should consult the veterinary council or the head of the department.
The fees that may be charged can not be laid down. In the case of veterinary surgeons in Govt. employment they are to be guided by the Govt. rules & instructions issued by the head of the department/Govt. from time to time. However, when a consultants fee is paid it should be paid in full to the consultant.
It is very undesirable that there should be any disputes among the Veterinarians, wherever possible they should settle disputes within the profession and if necessary seek the advice of the veterinary council.
A veterinary practitioner should not use in connection with professional affairs, any title which is not in the register of registered veterinary practitioner. The list of registered veterinary practitioner together with their address and recognized veterinary qualification published in the official gazetteer once in every four years under section 18 to the Bangladesh Veterinary Practitioners Ordinance-1982.
It is unprofessional conduct for any veterinarian to sign any certificate which is untrue, misleading or improper or which is given in respect of any matters not having received his personal attention. It should be borne in mind that the certificates half filled in, improperly completed or containing in accurate information are misleading. When certificates relates to export their inadequacies can have international repercussions. Every member of the profession, therefore, must realizes that careless on negligent certification can not only prove harmful to his professional reputation but can also in certain cases seriously affect the credibility of veterinary certification in general.
Any information gained by a veterinarian concerning a patient under his care is to be treated as confidential and to be divulged to the owner alone and with the owners consent to others,if necessary. However,this does not apply if he has to divulge this information interns of diseases of animals Act. or other Ordinances or Acts or Regulations or if the public welfare or the welfare of other animals endangered.
When a veterinary surgeon by reason of this professional status is called upon to give evidence to a court of law, the evidence must be given with the purpose of seeing that justice is done, If a veterinarian is called by a party to an action to give evidence, he should do so as a professional man to assist the court.
It is the duty of every veterinary Practitioner registered under Bangladesh Veterinary Practitioners Ordinance-1982 (XXX of 1982) to report any breach of this ordinance that may come to his attention to the Veterinary Council of Bangladesh.
Where a Registered Veterinary Practitioner is in
the opinion of the council:
There should be two kinds of penalties which may be imposed under these Regulations namely, minor penalties and major penalties:
All enquirers shall be made for imposing above penalties under section 22 of the Bangladesh Veterinary Practitioners Ordinance 1982(XXX of 1982 ) on the 7(seven) members set up by the President of the Council
33.Amendment, addition and alterations:
This code of professional conduct must be appropriate to the situation and the time in which we live. It is for this reason the council reserves the right to revise, amend or make additions or alterations when felt necessary to promote the image and reputation of the profession.
BY ORDER OF THE COUNCIL
Akhlaque Uddin Ahmed