The Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics

                  Basic Veterinary Medical Ethics Course

The SVME Board of Directors approved of creating an on line CE course on Basic Veterinary Medical Ethics in 2010. It is intended as a resource offered to veterinary ethics educators, veterinary students, practicing veterinarians and  paraprofessionals who are involved or interested in animal ethics. 

An SVME Certificate of Completion is given to individuals finishing the course. 

This course is dedicated to the late  John McCarthy, DVM, Ph.D. for his visionary effort to initiate this body of work for on line access. The SVME recognizes and thanks all CE Committee Members: J. McCarthy,  J. Peralta, A. Villalobos, L. Shapiro, D. Lawler, E. Danneman, D. Levitan, M.J. White, W. Koch, B. Rollin.

The SVME offers this Basic Veterinary Medical Ethics Course to guide and encourage discussion and understanding of animal ethics and bioethics. 

The Course is RACE approved for 17 CE credits and is opened for registration.  Go to the "Course Registration" page of the SVME website to register. Students who would like to take this course must apply for a free SVME Student membership. Others who would like to take this course must be or become SVME members.


This is a separate course offered by VIN:

Veterinary Ethics 2019 Non-Interactive

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Ethically challenging situations are very common in veterinary medicine. Yet, unlike many other professions, veterinarians often receive very little formal training in ethics, ethical theory, and the process of making moral decisions. Understanding ethical theory and its applications can make it easier to stay out of trouble with clients and regulators. It can also help to stimulate dialogue about ethical issues amongst colleagues and veterinary team members. Learn the ground rules for engaging in ethical discussion and how to look at your practice policies and interactions with colleagues and staff in a new way. 


This course will consist of 8 non-interactive modules. Each module will have a video lesson that includes a few poll questions, and supplemental learning materials which are intended to help the participant retain the information provided. 


To earn a certificate of completion, the participant must complete all 8 modules and pass the end-of-course test. A course evaluation is also provided so that course participants can comment on the effectiveness of the learning module and offer suggestions for improvement. Completion of all 8 modules (videos, reading handouts and end-of-course test) will take a minimum of 16 hours to complete. Participants must complete the participation requirements by December 31, 2019 to be eligible for a certificate.

Instructor(s): Carol Morgan DVM, PhD (Posthumous) and Raymond Anthony PhD  


CE Credits: 16
Course Open: November 1, 2018-December 31, 2019

Tuition: VIN Member $368 
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This program (22-34931) is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 16 CE Credits, with a maximum of 16 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian or veterinary technician/technologist. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Non-Scientific/Professional Development, using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance: (Web-based, Teleconference or Audio-Conference). This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements.




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