Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

N.J. Stat. 45:16-9.11

Summary Title

Good Samaritan: Veterinarian Providing Emergency Care


A licensed veterinarian who, in good faith, provides emergency care to an animal at the scene of an emergency or to an animal brought to them from an accident 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

No liability for veterinarians rendering emergency care

Full Text

Any individual licensed to practice veterinary medicine who, in good faith, renders emergency care to any animal which has, immediately prior to the rendering of such care, been brought to such individual’s attention at or from the scene of an accident or emergency situation or has been discovered by such individual at the scene of an accident or emergency situation shall not be liable for any civil damages as a result of any acts or omissions by such person in rendering the emergency care.