As defined by the AVMA
Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics—REVISED/REFORMATTED Introduction Veterinarians are members of a scholarly profession who have earned academic degrees from comprehensive universities or similar educational institutions. Veterinarians practice veterinary medicine in a variety of situations and circumstances. Exemplary professional conduct upholds the dignity of the veterinary profession. All veterinarians are expected to adhere to a progressive code of ethical conduct known as the Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). The PVME comprises the following Principles, the Supporting Annotations, and the Glossary. The basis of the Principles is the Golden Rule. Veterinarians shall accept this rule as a guide to their general conduct and abide by the Principles. The AVMA Judicial Council is charged to advise on all questions relating to veterinary medical ethics and to review the Principles periodically to ensure that they remain current and appropriate. The Principles I. A veterinarian shall be dedicated to providing competent veterinary medical care, with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health. II. A veterinarian shall provide veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client patient relationship (VCPR). III. A veterinarian shall uphold the standards of professionalism, be honest in all professional interactions, and report veterinarians who are deficient in character or competence to the appropriate entities. IV. A veterinarian shall respect the law and also recognize a responsibility to seek changes to laws and regulations which are contrary to the best interests of the patient and public health. V. A veterinarian shall respect the rights of clients, colleagues, and other health professionals, and shall safeguard medical information within the confines of the law. VI. A veterinarian shall continue to study, apply, and advance scientific knowledge, maintain a commitment to veterinary medical education, make relevant information available to clients, colleagues, the public, and obtain consultation or referral when indicated. VII. A veterinarian shall, in the provision of appropriate patient care, except in emergencies, be free to choose whom to serve, with whom to associate, and the environment in which to provide veterinary medical care. VIII. A veterinarian shall recognize a responsibility to participate in activities contributing to the improvement of the community and the betterment of public health.
Bryan K. Nolte, DVM
Dr. Bryan K. Nolte was raised on a ranch surrounded by animals and set his sights on veterinary medicine early. He graduated from Kansas State University with a D.V.M. degree in 1990. Dr. Nolte is a member of the AZVMA. He specializes in equine and bovine reproduction, as well as lameness and performance. As an outdoor enthusiast, Dr. Nolte enjoys hiking, fishing, golfing, hunting, basketball and baseball.
Large Animal Veterinarian
Karina Cox, DVM
Dr. Karina Cox grew up in Eastern San Diego County. Growing up, she was involved in 4-H and Pony Club with her Arabian gelding, Suffix sheep, and pygmy goats. She attended college at UC Davis, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in 1999 and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She then completed a one-year general practice internship at Specifically Equine Veterinary Service in Buellton, CA. Dr. Cox joined the team at Equine Medical Associates, Inc. in 2005 as an equine ambulatory associate in a busy sport horse practice in Orange County, CA. In 2012, Dr. Cox choose to leave private practice and return to academia to pursue a three-year large animal internal medicine residency program, as well as a Master’s of Science degree, at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Upon completion of the program, she choose to take some time off and enjoy the great state of Colorado for a few months before joining the team at Prescott Animal Hospital Equine Center in November 2015. Her special interests include geriatric medicine, muscle disorders, and endurance horses. In her spare time, Dr. Cox enjoys the unique hobby of geocaching, trail-riding with her Warmblood Leo, hiking with her Vizsla Maia, and learning more about the sport of endurance riding. Completing the Tevis Cup is in her future! Why Did I Become a Veterinarian? Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to pursue a career with animals. Veterinary medicine was the natural choice with my strong interest in math and science as a youngster. Early experiences in 4-H and being a horse owner helped expose me to local veterinarians and the unique position they have in the lives of people and animals. During high school, I volunteered for the San Diego County Humane Society, Large Animal Division. I witnessed many, many large animals in unfavorable conditions and in very poor health. I knew, from that point on, I wanted to be a part of a profession that help animals’ lives, with a special interest in prevention and education.