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Professional Ethics

Professional ethics were created to establish guiding principles for members. Each member is subject to termination of membership, revocation of authorization, and/or other disciplinary actions if they:


  • Are convicted of a criminal offense involving violence against people or animals.

  • Engage in activities that may lead to criminal prosecution, or to a crime related to their skills/profession.

  • Act cruelly, abuse, or neglect animals or humans, commit crimes against humanity or violence against animals or humans.

  • Fail to cooperate with the organization at any stage of an ethical complaint by completing all procedures related to that complaint.


Any member/candidate/certified individual/examiner who wishes to dispute termination of membership may do so in accordance with the complaint process.

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