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The veterinary hippocratic oath:
I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:
I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those doctors in whose
steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who
are to follow.
I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures that are
required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic
nihilism. Do no harm.
I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and
that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's
knife or the chemist's drug.
I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my
colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's
I will respect the privacy of my clients, for their problems are not
disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread
with care in matters of life and death. If it is given to me to save a
life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life;
this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and
awareness of my own frailty.
I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth,
but a sick individual, whose illness may affect the entire family and
their economic stability. My responsibility includes these related
problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.
I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.
I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special
obligations to all my fellow beings, those sound of mind and body as
well as the infirm.
If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter.
May I always act to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may
I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.
A widely used modern version of the
traditional oath was penned in 1964 by Dr. Louis Lasagna, former
Principal of the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and
Academic Dean of the School of Medicine at Tufts University,with minor
modifications to suit the special case of doctors of veterinary
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