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No Kill in Motion: The Veterinary Oath and Animal Shelters

Veterinarians take an oath. It is not quite the same as the oath taken by medical doctors. It states: "Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge. I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics." Do veterinarians who destroy healthy and treatable animals for shelters violate their oath?


Participating in this discussion are Davyd Smith of No Kill Colorado, Alan Rosenberg of the New Jersey Animal Observer and Aubrie Kavanaugh of Paws4Change and No Kill Huntsville. The video runs approximately 12 minutes.


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