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Law Number

340.287 R.S.Mo.

Summary Title

Good Samaritan Law: Veterinarian


A veterinarian, who, in good faith and voluntarily, provides emergency care to an animal at the scene of an emergency or accident, will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.

Full Title

Veterinary emergency care, no civil liability, exceptions (Good Samaritan law)

Full Text

Any veterinarian duly registered pursuant to sections 340.200 to 340.330 who gratuitously and in good faith gives emergency treatment to a sick or injured animal at the scene of an accident or emergency shall not be liable in any civil action for damages to the owner of such animal. This section is not intended to provide immunity for acts which constitute gross negligence.