Texas Tech University

Veterinarian’s Oath

  • Following commencement and prior to entrance into professional practice, each graduate veterinarian has traditionally taken the "Veterinarian's Oath," which reads as follows:
    "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. I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence."
  • The "Veterinarian's Oath" expresses essential aspects of professionalism involved in the day-to-day practice of the art and science of Veterinary Medicine. Professional students are expected to strive to form lifelong habits consistent with the philosophy embodied in the "Veterinarian's Oath."