The veterinarian I work for has questionable ethics; he treats animals in ways that clients wouldn't approve. Can I do anything
First, establish whether his behavior is a violation of professional ethics and/or your moral ethics, says Charlotte Lacroix,
DVM, an attorney and owner of Veterinary Business Advisors Inc. in Whitehouse Station, N.J. Dr. Lacroix suggests reviewing
the AVMA's Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics. Then, if he's violating the AVMA code, tell the other practice owners,
if there are any, and/or try to resolve your concerns with the veterinarian. If all else fails, then report the violation
to the AVMA and your state VMA.
If you don't report it, and harm comes to a patient, she says, it may not just be about ethics—it may be a legal issue. "And
the situation could reflect on the rest of the staff, as well," Dr. Lacroix says.
"If you decide that it's a disagreement of personal morals, there's little you can do," says Dr. Lacroix. "But you may want
to consider seeking alternative employment."
Dr. Charlotte Lacroix