A Message from the PVMA Board of Directors
“The only constant in life is change.” 2020 has exemplified that in many ways. We have all had to adapt to change in the world around us, but we have also been asked to look for change within ourselves. As it turns out, many of these changes are long overdue.
Let us recognize the privilege that we may have, against the struggles that others have had to overcome. Let us not pretend to all be the same, but rather embrace that our differences make us stronger and more interesting. Let us be wise with our words – not out of fear for retaliation, but out of understanding that our words matter. Most importantly, let us reject discriminatory language and acts against others – be it for race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or any other individual characteristic.
Maybe it feels like this doesn’t need to be said, but as many of us look out at the world today, it turns out it does. The PVMA was founded as a way to build and support our veterinary community – a community filled with people of many diverse backgrounds. We would like to take this opportunity to remind all of our members of the PVMA Code of Conduct, agreed to by every member upon joining and renewing membership with the PVMA.
· To act honestly, fairly, ethically and with integrity
· To conduct themselves in a professional and respectful manner
· To comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations
· To emulate our core values of professionalism, commitment, integrity, service, advocacy, progressive thinking, compassion,
stewardship, transparency and exclusivity.