Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

Cal Bus & Prof Code 4840.6

Summary Title

Good Samaritan Law: Veterinarian Technician


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

Full Title

Liability for emergency care

Full Text

Any registered veterinary technician registered in this state who in good faith renders emergency animal health care at the scene of the emergency, or his or her employing veterinarian or agency authorized under Section 4840.9, shall not be liable for any civil damages as the result of acts or omissions by a registered veterinary technician rendering the emergency care. This section shall not grant immunity from civil damages when the registered veterinary technician is grossly negligent.