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
Dr. Revers grew up in northern California where she rode both English and western disciplines and drove draft horses with her family. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno for her undergraduate degree before receiving her veterinary degree from Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine. She recently completed a 1-year internship at Durango Equine Veterinary Clinic. Her areas of interest include colic workups, foal work, reproduction and dentistry. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her dog Bandit, riding her horse Emma and being outdoors.