Ethical, Attitudinal, and Behavioral Requirements for Students of Veterinary Medicine

In addition to all LMU required behavior, the LMU-CVM firmly believes that as a part of the veterinary profession and as a professional veterinary education program we must hold ourselves to a high standard to practice our core values. Desirable characteristics of veterinary students are based not only on academic achievement, but also on non-academic factors that serve to ensure that students have the behavioral and social attributes necessary to contribute positively to the veterinary profession. LMU-CVM students possess the necessary character traits, attitudes, and values that will result in beneficent and ethical veterinary care.

These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. A veterinary student must never perform any action that might be construed as the practice of veterinary medicine, except as permitted under the laws of the applicable jurisdiction in which the student may function in the role of providing animal health care under the direction of a licensed veterinarian. It is the veterinary student's responsibility to know and understand the applicable laws and regulations pertaining to the practice of veterinary medicine.
  2. A veterinary student must be able to relate to instructors, classmates, staff, clients and their animals with honesty, compassion, empathy, integrity, and dedication.
  3. A veterinary student must not allow considerations of religion, disability, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, politics, or social standing to preclude productive and constructive relationships with instructors, staff, classmates, or clients.
  4. A veterinary student must not allow considerations of breed or species to influence relationships with his/her patients or teaching animals. For example, a student must never intentionally withhold medical care from a feline patient out of a dislike or distrust of cats.
  5. A veterinary student must be able to understand and use the authority, special privileges, and trust inherent in the veterinary student-client relationship for the benefit of both the client and the patient and avoid behaviors that constitute misuse of this power.
  6. A veterinary student must never compromise care of an animal that has been left in his or her care or is his or her responsibility, regardless of whether this care conflicts with personal schedules or activities.
  7. Any LMU-CVM recognized student organization that organizes or sponsors a sanctioned off­ campus event where alcohol is served, used, or sold must use a third-party vendor, such as a hotel or restaurant, to serve the alcohol. The third-party vendor must have a cash bar with individual students paying for their own alcohol. Monetary transactions will be between the individual students and the third party; there will be no monetary transaction between the LMU student organization and the third-party vendor. Student association funds will not be used to pay for alcohol; likewise, members of the club will not participate in serving the alcohol. Any student organization that violates this rule will be sanctioned.
  8. A veterinary student must be able to fully utilize his/her intellectual ability, to exercise good judgment, to complete patient care responsibilities promptly and properly and to relate to patients, patients' owners, faculty, administrators, staff and colleagues with courtesy, compassion, maturity, and respect for their dignity.
  9. A veterinary student must demonstrate maturity, including the ability to adapt to local culture, the ability to exercise good judgment and tolerance and acceptance of social, cultural and/or political differences.
  10. A veterinary student must be able to work collaboratively and flexibly as a professional team member.
  11. A veterinary student must behave in a professional manner despite stressful work demands, changing environments and/or clinical uncertainties.
  12. A veterinary student must have the capacity to modify behavior in response to constructive criticism.
  13. A veterinary student must be open to examining personal attitudes, perceptions and stereotypes that may negatively impact patient care or interpersonal relationships.
  14. A veterinary student must possess an intrinsic desire for excellence and be motivated to become an effective veterinarian.
  15. Because the medical profession is governed by ethical principles and bylaws, a veterinary student must have the capacity to understand, learn, and abide by relevant and applicable values and laws. Examples of breaches of veterinary medical ethics include, but are not limited to cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty; submitting fraudulent medical records or certificates; willfully withholding medical treatments ordered by a clinician; betraying a client's confidence; or animal cruelty, whether through acts of commission or omission.