American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Code of Conduct and Conference Policy
The American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV) advances the science of zoo and wild animal medicine and welfare. The AAZV brings together a community of colleagues who are dedicated to this purpose and who share a responsibility for the integrity of the organization and zoological community. Science, animal health and welfare are best advanced when we extend and expect mutual trust to and from each other, based on honest behavior. The AAZV promotes the free exchange of knowledge among AAZV members, allied institutions, and other collaborators.
The AAZV deeply values the professional reputation of its members and partners and holds that preserving the confidence of its members is critically important so that they may freely discuss the results of their professional work and experiences, trust that their fellow members will not divulge inappropriate information, and openly interact with colleagues without fear of malicious exposure. Deception or any other acts that deliberately compromises this trust and thus the advancement of our profession are unacceptable, and contravenes the mission of AAZV, its annual conference, and various communication tools.
The unauthorized use of any AAZV conference materials, listserv postings, sponsored professional activities, and other member services without the expressed, written permission of AAZV would be a violation of the trust placed by AAZV in its members.
The AAZV is committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the profession so that we can best serve our members and the animals in their care. We are committed to actively promoting and maintaining diversity and inclusion in our membership, leadership, and organization, and educating our members regarding the value of diversity and inclusion. This commitment embraces the value of our members' varied backgrounds, including but not limited to race; ethnicity; physical and mental abilities; gender; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; parental, marital, or pregnancy status; religious or political beliefs; military or veteran status; and geographic, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds. AAZV has a zero tolerance policy both in the organization and at the annual conference for harassment in any form regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, or political affiliation. Violations by any member or participant at the AAZV Conference may result in expulsion from the organization and/or possible ban from future AAZV events.
Any member of the AAZV found to be in violation of this policy, as reviewed by the AAZV Executive Committee, may have their membership permanently revoked and be prohibited from attendance at AAZV professional meetings and conferences, or may have other member benefits revoked. Any non-AAZV member in attendance at the annual conference found to be in violation of that trust as reviewed by the AAZV Executive Committee, may be ejected from the conference without refund and prohibited from future conference attendance and membership, and may possibly be the subject of legal action.