The ACAT Code of Ethics has been drawn up to provide a set framework of standards which must be met by ACAT members/practitioners. This ensures that clients, patients, other professionals and the general public can trust that ACAT members/practitioners have a duty to place the wellbeing of the patient as their first priority and respect all human and animal life.
Respect the Veterinary Surgery Act of 1966.
Hold an ACAT recognised qualification.
Treat every patient professionally with care and consideration.
Respect confidential information and abide by the Data Protection Act.
Agree to act honourably towards clients and other practitioners.
|6.||Recognise the limits of their professional competence and refer on when appropriate.|
Refrain from criticising the work of fellow practitioners.
Ensure the profession is represented with honesty thus upholding the integrity ACAT.
Never make a diagnosis unless qualified to do so.
Work with other professionals in ways that are best suited for the benefit of the patient.
Always conduct a full consultation and maintain accurate records.
Explain the chosen course of treatment and expected outcomes in a clear and precise manner ensuring the client fully understands.
Never imply or make any guarantees as to the outcome of a course of treatment.
Respect the client's right to ask for a second opinion.
Present a professional appearance and manner at all times.
Ensure that relevant malpractice and public liability insurance cover is in place out in order to protect both themselves and their clients/patients and members of the public. Records of insurance must be kept updated on the member’s profile on ACAT website.
Continue with their professional development (25 hours per year minimum) and be aware of new developments and skills.