OVMA Principles of Animal Care & Use
As veterinarians, we endorse the following principles founded on our education, experience, commitment to and compassion for animals:
- Human beings have an obligation and responsibility to treat animals humanely.
- Animal’s interests should be given thoughtful consideration by individuals and society when determining acceptable care and use. This requires the balancing of scientific knowledge and ethical, philosophical, and moral values.
- Animals should be provided with water, nutrition, and an environment appropriate to their care and use, with consideration for their safety, health and species-specific biological needs and behavioral natures.
- Animals should be cared for in ways that minimize fear, pain, suffering and distress.
- The use of an animal should be balanced by the greater benefits to other animals, humans or society.
- Animals should be used purposefully, whether for food and fiber, recreation, companionship, transportation, work, education, or the advancement of scientific knowledge.
- It is an owner’s responsibility to provide animals with timely and appropriate preventive, medical, dental and surgical care, and an effort should be made to ensure that animals are reproduced in a responsible manner.
- Animals should be provided a humane death.