Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

Alaska Stat. 09.65.097

Summary Title

Good Samaritan Law: Veterinarian


A licensed veterinarian or a person under their direct supervision who provides emergency animal care will not be held legally responsible.  They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm. This legal protection does not include emergency services provided at the request of the animal's owner. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.

Full Title

Civil Liability for Emergency Veterinary Care

Full Text

(a) A veterinarian licensed in this or another licensing jurisdiction, or a person working under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian, who renders emergency care to an injured or ill animal that reasonably appears to the veterinarian or supervised person to be in immediate need of emergency aid in order to avoid serious harm or death is not liable for civil damages as a result of an act or omission in rendering emergency aid. (b) This section does not apply to service rendered at the request of an owner of the animal and does not preclude liability for civil damages as a result of gross negligence or reckless or intentional misconduct.