Code of Conduct
College of Veterinary Medicine
The following standards of behavior apply to all students enrolled in the Purdue University Veterinary Medical and the Purdue University Veterinary Technology Curricula.
- All students shall follow the published rules of the University.
- All students shall follow the published rules of the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.
- Students shall provide all personal equipment required for courses (i.e., protective clothing, instruments, etc.)
- Students shall not engage in any behavior which is fraudulent, dishonest, or deceitful.
- Students shall not use non-physician prescribed controlled or prescription drugs or chemical substances or be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs of abuse during any time when the student is, or may be, in a work or educational environment. Also, students are advised to avoid drugs that interfere with mental alertness and capacity when in a work or educational environment.
- Students shall refrain from any act that might be construed as cruelty to an animal unless such an act is in defense of self, another person, or another animal or unless the act is a normal part of the training or discipline of that species of animal, or is clearly accepted by the public as participation in a sporting event such as a rodeo or in other entertainment events such as circuses.
- Students shall not engage in any action that might be construed as the practice of veterinary medicine except as permitted under the laws of the relevant state.
- Students shall exercise the self-control to deal with difficult situations and moderate psychological stress without reacting by emotional outbursts and by responding with a reasoned response which addresses the direct problem.
- Students shall be willing and able to personally provide appropriate care to animals seven days a week, 365 days per year, including any day designated a holiday for any reason whatsoever.
- Students enrolled in the Veterinary Medical curricula should be aware of and aspire to uphold the Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
- Students enrolled in the Veterinary Technology curricula should be aware of and aspire to uphold the Code of Ethics of the North American Veterinary Technician Association.