Chapter 4: Professionalism, Elitism and Health Care

Section: Additional Resources

The Health Care Professions and their OATHS and CODES

Listing of CODES online


In regards to the Hippocratic oath, there are so many different versions of the original oath that we decided to use the original to show.  We also decided to give a website that sheds some light on this controversy so to speak.   Information on the different oaths.  Hippocratic Oath  NYS Medicine Practice Act  NYS Physician Assistant Practice Act  Definitions of professional misconduct applicable to Physicians, Physician Assistants, and Specialist Assistants  Office of Professional Conduct – enforce disciplinary action on medical doctors.  American Academy of Physician Assistants  American Medical Association  AMA Code of Ethics   The American Medical Women's  Association  The British Medical Association  The BMA stance on politics and health care policy  The BMA stance on Ethical issues  The National Medical Association for people of Africian decent  The Australian Medical Association  Australian Medical Association Code of Ethics  Singapore Medical Association    The World Medical Association  American Dental Association Ethics Bilaws and judical affairs  Islamic medical Code of Ethics

Federation of State Medical Boards


Texas State Board of Medical Examiners

                              Of Physicians Assistants

                              Of Acupunctureists

Texas Medical Complaint Process

Texas Medical conviction/discipline actions


California Medical Board

California medical board laws and regulations

  1. National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners  - the NBOME is a non-profit corporation dedicated to serving the public and state licensing agencies by administering examination testing the medical knowledge of those who seek to serve the public as osteopathic physicians.

  2. American Board of Radiology  - certifies medical specialists in radiology.

  3. American Board of Ophthalmology

  - provides information on certification and recertification of ophthalmologists in the United States.


PHYSICAL THERAPY  NYS Physical Therapy Practice Act  Code of Ethics for PT's  Article on Ethical Responsibilities of PT's  - Course for Ethics and Professional Responsibility in Physical Therapy  to process claims/complaints against a  that a PT who has violated the Code of Ethics  Guide for professional conduct of PT's using ethical principles  standards of ethical conduct for PT assistants  American Physical Therapy Association  Journal of the APTA

Alberta Physiotherapy Association - The professional association for the province of Alberta



 The Veterinarian Oath

Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of livestock resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.
I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity and in keeping with the principles of veterinary ethics.
I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.

 Veterinary Technician Oath

I solemnly dedicate myself
to aiding animals ams society
by providing excellent care
and services for animals,
by alleviating animal suffering,
and by promoting public health.

I accept my obligations to practice
my profession conscientiously
and with sensitivity, adhering to
the profession's Code of Ethics,
and furthering my knowledge
and competence through a
commitement to lifelong learning.  NYS Vet Medicine Practice Act  Vet Tech Code of Ethics  Veterinary Code of Ethics  Veterinary Biomedical Ethics  Consumers Bill of Rights  What you should know about veterinary professions  You have the right   The American Veterinary Medical Association   British Columbia Veterinary Medical Association   BCVMA Code Of Ethics   BC Veterinary Medical Assoc. Complaints Process   Canadian Veterinary Association

Canadian Veterinary Association Mission Statement

"The CVMA is the national body representing and serving the interests of the veterinary profession in Canada. The Association is committed to excellence within the profession and to the well-being of animals. It shall promote public awareness of the contribution of animals and veterinarians to society."

American Association of Swine Practictioners

Mission of the AAS Practictioner

The mission of the AASV is to increase the knowledge of swine veterinarians by:

  • Promoting the development and availability of the resources which enhance the effectiveness of professional activities;
  • Creating opportunities which inspire personal and professional growth;
  • Advocating science-based approaches to industry issues;
  • Encouraging personal and professional interaction; and

Mentoring students, encouraging life-long careers as swine veterinarians.   American College of Veterinary Opthamologists   National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners - People who issue exam to license Veterinarians  American Association of Veterinary State Boards


Consumer Rights

The Veterinary Medical Boards which make up the AAVSB are charged with the responsibility of regulating veterinarians in order to ensure that they are adequately trained and are providing consumers with appropriate medical services for their animals. In order to do that, the boards issue licenses based on certain requirements which vary slightly among the jurisdictions, but generally include education, examination and character.

Boards are also granted authority by their legislatures to regulate veterinarians subsequent to their licensure. They establish rules for veterinarians to follow which include minimum standards of practice and codes of professional conduct. Their licenses are subject to renewal periodically, at which time the doctors must apply and attest to their continued adherence to those established standards. When a board receives a complaint that a veterinarian has violated the law, it has the authority to investigate, hold hearings and impose discipline of varying types.

Consumers have a responsibility to be certain their veterinarian is licensed. If they have a reason to believe that their veterinarian is not providing adequate care for their animal, they should contact their state veterinary medical board. See LINKS for those boards that have a web site. For any that do not, contact the AAVSB office.


United States Animal Health Care Association

 Constitution and Bi-laws  of the USAHA

 American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture

 American Board of Veterinary Practictioners

 American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

 Mission Statement

The objectives of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care are:

  • To promote advancement and high standards of practice for those individuals involved in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine.
  • To establish requirements and foster development of residency and alternative training programs for post-doctoral education and experience prerequisite to certification in the specialty of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Medicine.
  • The examination and certification of veterinarians as specialists in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. To encourage research and other contributions to knowledge relating to diagnosis, therapy, prevention and control of animal disease requiring emergency or critical care management.

To promote communication and dissemination of knowledge relating to veterinary emergency and critical care medicine and to recognize individuals for outstanding contributions to the specialty.

 Code Governing Veterinary Technicians

 Animal Legal Defense Fund

 American Veterinary Medicine Law Association

 The American Veterinary Medical Law Association (AVMLA) is a national association of attorneys, veterinarians, and other individuals and organizations with an interest in veterinary medical law and how it pertains to the veterinary profession and allied fields.

The AVMLA was incorporated in 1994 as a nonprofit organization with the following objectives:

  • Provide information to members regarding pertinent issues in the field of veterinary medical law.
  • Increase public awareness and understanding of the impact of law on all aspects of veterinary medicine.
  • Facilitate interactions among organizations, regulatory agencies and the courts for the benefit of society.

The diverse membership of the AVMLA provides a unique forum for the discussion of issues and the dissemination of information. This is accomplished through conferences, newsletters, and interactions among individual members.


United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) - works to control livestock diseases in the United States.



 GENERAL  Unprofessional Conduct as defined for every profession by the NYS Board of Regents  Profession Disciplinary Actions  Professional Discipline Complaint form

 Other sites

 NY State Licensed Professionals 

Athletic Training
•   Dentists
•   Dental Anesthesia/Sedation
•   Dental Hygienists
•   Dental Assistants
Massage Therapy
•   Physicians
•   Physicians, 3-year limited license
•   Physician Assistants
•   Specialist Assistants

•   Registered Professional Nurses
•   Licensed Practical Nurses
•   Nurse Practitioners
Occupational Therapy
•   Occupational Therapists
•   Occupational Therapy Assistants
Ophthalmic Dispensing
•   Pharmacists
•   Pharmacy Establishments
Physical Therapy
•   Physical Therapists
•   Physical Therapist Assistants
Respiratory Therapy
Veterinary Medicine
•  Veterinarian
•  Veterinary Technician

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