Professional Integrity

Veterinarians must act in a manner that promotes the public's trust and confidence in the profession.
  1. Veterinarians must display high standards of integrity and accountability and must not engage in fraud, misrepresentation or deception.

  2. Veterinarians must maintain the integrity of certification.

  3. Veterinarians must identify, declare and manage conflicts of interest so as to demonstrate that they are acting with impartiality and independence.

  4. Veterinarians must not seek or accept inducements that can be shown to influence their treatment or sales decisions.

  5. Veterinarians must immediately notify MPI when they suspect the presence of any organism (disease, parasite etc.) not usually seen in New Zealand, and any notifiable organism and then comply with the instructions of MPI.

  6. Veterinarians called as either a witness or an expert witness in a court or tribunal must give their evidence honestly and accurately. When presenting expert evidence, veterinarians must do so impartially and within their areas of expertise.

  7. Veterinarians officiating in a professional capacity at animal based events such as races, shows or competitions must:
    1. Declare any conflict of interest relevant to their official duties to the appropriate authority at the earliest opportunity;
    2. Behave in accordance with the principles and rules of the competition and those of its organisers;
    3. Use their professional judgement to prevent any situation which is likely to compromise an animal's welfare;
    4. Avoid any act which unfairly influences any animal's performance.

  8. When treating or prescribing for any animal before a race, show or event, veterinarians must ensure that the relevant rules of the Racing, or Harness Racing Conferences, Greyhound Association or similar bodies are followed.

  9. When promoting services and products:
    1. Veterinarians must act fairly representing their capability and competence accurately;
    2. Veterinarians must not exaggerate any claim or comparison of the service or product over another or overstate their skills and knowledge by using misleading descriptors.

  10. Veterinarians must use their professional judgement in deciding whether to notify VCNZ where they have reason to believe that the health, conduct or competence of a colleague is adversely affecting patient care or undermining the publicís trust in the profession.

  11. Veterinarians must, at the time of completing their annual practising certificate application, declare if they have:
    1. Any health conditions;
    2. Been charged with or found guilty of a criminal offence;
    3. Been suspended or dismissed on conduct or competence grounds;
    4. Resigned for reasons relating to competence or conduct;
    5. Been subject to an adverse finding by an overseas veterinary regulatory body.
    Veterinarians must also consider notifying VCNZ of any of the above issues at the time they arise rather than delaying until the annual practising certificate round.

  12. Veterinarians must respond to complaints in a timely, honest and constructive manner.