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Feedback Sought On New Draft Code Of Professional Conduct

13 years ago

28th March, 2011 14h39

The RCVS is seeking feedback on a new draft Code of Professional Conduct, which would replace the existing RCVS Guide to Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons. The draft Code has been produced by a Working Party set up by our RCVS Advisory Committee to review the Guides for both veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses. The purpose of the review, which last took place over a decade ago, is to ensure guidance to the profession, and the public, is clear, for example, using consistent language to distinguish between what must be done and what is advised. The new Code is a short, principles-based document using the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe’s Code of Conduct as the starting point. It will be supported by additional advice on specific areas of veterinary practice or issues, for example, clinical governance. The draft includes a compulsory continuing professional development requirement, the RCVS Health Protocol and more on clinical competence, and gives prominence to relevant medicines issues. It also contains an updated declaration to be made by veterinary surgeons, which gives increased emphasis to animal welfare. Comments, which are welcomed from the profession and the public, should be sent by email to Christopher Murdoch, Secretary to the Guides Review Working Party, at [email protected] by Friday, 24 June 2011.

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