It is the responsibility of the AREP to ensure that all instructors follow the code of ethics listed below.
I. Commitment to the Student
The instructor strives to help students realize their potential, and works to enhance the learning environment and the acquisition of knowledge. In fulfillment of this obligation, the instructor shall do the following:
• Create a positive learning environment.
• Encourage critical thinking and expression of varying points of view.
• Foster and support the diversity each student brings to the classroom.
• Treat the student with respect and provide equal opportunities.
• Establish and maintain the student/instructor professional relationship.
• Refrain from intentionally exposing the student to embarrassment.
• Promote an environment free of inappropriate racial, ethnic, religious, political, or sexual comments.
• Maintain each student’s right to privacy and confidentiality.
• Make every effort to impart knowledge relevant to student’s success.
• Encourage a safe, non-hostile teaching/working environment.
• Follow all safety measures applicable and make a reasonable effort to protect the student from physical conditions harmful to learning or to health.
• Never be under the influence of illicit drugs or alcohol during class.
• Refrain from the use of profane or abusive language.
II. Commitment to the Animals
• Follow all safety measures applicable and make a reasonable effort to protect the animals from physical conditions harmful to learning or to health.
• Treat all animals respectfully, independently of species, and according to the characteristics of the species.
• Refrain from training animals of species for which the AREP is not qualified.
• Always use methods compatible with the best scientific knowledge and praxis.
• Always keep in mind the welfare of the animal, giving it a first priority over any training issue or wish of the owner.
III. Commitment to the EIC
It is the responsibility of the AREP to offer the highest ideals of professional service. In fulfillment of this obligation, the instructor shall do the following:
• Maintain honesty when presenting the instructor’s qualifications by providing only accurate information.
• Maintain classroom integrity by allowing only approved instructors to teach.
• Maintain professional integrity by refusing any gratuity and/or gift that might appear to influence professional decisions or actions.
IV. Commitment to Excellence
The instructor shall make every effort to raise professional standards, and to promote a climate that encourages the enhancement of the AREP mission. In fulfillment of the obligation to the mission, the instructor shall adhere to the following:
• Teach the courses to meet the goals and objectives set by the EIC.
• Meet all course content requirements.
• Use the course material identified or approved by the EIC.
• Maintain the integrity of tests and proficiency verifications.
• Administer the certification verifications under direct supervision.
• Adhere to the policies and procedures of the EIC.
• Monitor student attendance.
• Keep updated on the topics they are credentialed to teach.
• Adhere to all copyright laws.
• Ensure that the student/instructor ratio is maintained reasonably.
• Inform the appropriate regional EIC representative on any issues
found within the course curriculum or delivery.
• Refrain from making false or malicious statements about EIC training courses and/or instructors or an AREP.
• Support the mission of the AREP at all times.