Peer Review

It shall be the duty of the Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee to investigate reported violations of the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct of the Association, to attempt mediation, and to hold informal hearings when necessary with members concerning reported violations. Standards of conduct shall be as determined in the Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics as published by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the California Veterinary Medical Association. This committee shall participate in the Peer Review Process of the California Veterinary Medical Association.

Ethical complaints against members of the SFVMA may be brought to the attention of the Board of the SFVMA for peer review. Actions by the Peer Review committee are limited to admonishment, censure, suspension or expulsion from the organization. The SFVMA does not provide legal recourse or a provision for financial damages.

Initiation of peer review occurs by contacting the current President of the SFVMA.