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Law Number

Md. Agriculture Code Ann. 2-314; Md. Courts and Judicial Proceedings Code Ann 5-614

Summary Title

Good Samaritan Law: Veterinarian


A licensed veterinarian or a veterinarian student, under the direction of a licensed veterinarian, who, without compensation, provides care or assistance to an animal in an emergency where the animal's owner is not available, will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.

Full Title

Liability for civil damages of veterinarian rendering aid in emergency

Full Text

A person licensed by the State of Maryland to provide veterinary care or a student of veterinary medicine who works under the responsible direct supervision of a veterinary practitioner as defined by § 2-301(c) of this subtitle who, for no fee or compensation, renders veterinary aid, care, or assistance in an emergency situation in which the owner or custodian of the animal is not available to grant permission shall have the immunity from liability described under § 5-614 of the Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article.