ACVP Code of Professional Ethics
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The American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) is committed to a framework of common principles and standards of professional practice. This code of professional ethics reflects what ACVP values as professionals and establishes expectations for practice and research based upon principles of professional and scientific responsibility, integrity, competency, accountability, and fairness. The code of ethics provides guidelines to members and is intended to reflect the highest standards of professional integrity and ethical principles.

Professional and Scientific Responsibility

A member of ACVP:

  • Adheres to the highest scientific and professional standards.
  • Accepts responsibility for one’s work.
  • Recognizes the limits of their knowledge within their area of expertise.
  • Strives to advance veterinary pathology to serve the public good.
  • Promotes the interests of ACVP.
  • Aids the professional development of those who enter the veterinary pathologist profession.
  • Complies with all institutional, state, and federal laws and regulations addressing  any aspect of the practice of pathology and research.


A member of ACVP:

  • Accurately represents their education, training, experience and area of expertise.
  • Conducts oneself in ways that inspire confidence and trust.
  • Respects others’ research, teaching practice and service.
  • Refrains from conduct that jeopardizes their own or others’ professional welfare.
  • Presents accurate and complete data in reports, publications and oral presentations.
  • Supports sound scientific techniques and practices.
  •  Refrains from engaging in conduct that could create conflicts of interest.

Competency and Proficiency

A member of ACVP:

  • Is committed to life-long learning in veterinary pathology.
  • Uses the appropriate scientific, professional, technical and administrative resources needed to ensure competence in their professional activities.
  • Provides all professional services and scientific activities competently.

The American College of Veterinary Pathologists does not tolerate any forms of discrimination, including harassment, based on age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or other protected characteristics.

Related Policies

ACVP Code of Conduct Policy

ACVP Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Policy


Council Policy Approved: 8/15/18

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