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Basic Veterinary Medical Ethics Course

The SVME Board of Directors approved of creating an on line CE course on Basic Veterinary Medical Ethics in 2010. It is intended as a resource offered to veterinary ethics educators, veterinary students, practicing veterinarians and  paraprofessionals who are involved or interested in animal ethics. 

An SVME Certificate of Completion is given to individuals finishing the course. 

This course is dedicated to the late  John McCarthy, DVM, Ph.D. for his visionary effort to initiate this body of work for on line access. The SVME recognizes and thanks all CE Committee Members: J. McCarthy,  J. Peralta, A. Villalobos, L. Shapiro, D. Lawler, E. Danneman, D. Levitan, M.J. White, W. Koch, B. Rollin.

The SVME offers this Basic Veterinary Medical Ethics Course to guide and encourage discussion and understanding of animal ethics and bioethics. 

The Course is RACE approved for 17 CE credits and is opened for registration to SVME members.  


    • January 01, 2022
    • December 31, 2024
    • SVME Website

    The SVME offers this Basic Veterinary Medical Ethics Course to guide and encourage discussion and understanding of animal ethics and bioethics.  It is intended as a resource for veterinary ethics educators, veterinary students, practicing veterinarians, and paraprofessionals who are involved or interested in animal ethics and welfare.

    7 Modules take registrants from a basic introduction of veterinary ethics through the various aspects and challenges facing those who work with animals, which are valued diversely in various global  environments and within the range of the universal human-animal bond.

    After you have registered, look for your confirmation email with course instructions.  You will receive each module sequentially as:

    1) Basic Ethics and Veterinary Medicine
    2) Contemporary Ethical Issues in Veterinary Practice
    3) Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics of the AVMA
    4) Animal Welfare
    5a) The Human Animal Bond and Ethics
    5b) When the Human Animal Bond Goes Wrong
    5c) The Ethics of Euthanasia
    6) Ethics and Humane Biomedical Research
    7) Ethical Discussion on the Eating of Animals.

    Wishing you the best of success!

    Your SVME Team

    • April 05, 2023
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Virtual

    Join us on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 5:00 pm Pacific/8:00 pm Eastern

    The topic of the April 5 Monthly Membership Meeting (MMM) will be “How the public (you!) can influence the writing of federal animal welfare regulations.” On January 9, the USDA solicited public comments on a proposed plan to implement new regulations about (1) the handling of wild and exotic animals and (2) enriching the environments of all species (including domestic animals).  Public comments are due by April 10, and the MMM will be a discussion of what you need to know to have an impact on either or both of these proposals. Time permitting, we may also discuss the various possible viewpoints attendees might have. Further details will be provided later, but we hope you will join us for what should be a fun and profitable discussion.

    Monthly Membership Meeting

    Wednesday, April 5 · 8:00 – 9:00pm ET

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