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Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

26 V.S.A. 2404

Summary Title

Liability: Veterinarian

Summary

A Vermont-licensed veterinarian who, in good faith, reports a suspected case of animal cruelty, provides medical attention to an animal brought to the veterinarian for evaluation, or inspects a premises under a quarantine order will not be held legally responsible.

Full Title

Immunity from liability; cases of animal cruelty

Full Text

(a) There shall be no monetary liability on the part of, and no cause of action for damages shall arise against, a veterinarian licensed to practice in this State who, in good faith and in the normal course of practice, reports suspected cases of cruelty to animals, as defined in 13 V.S.A. §§ 352 and 352a, to any humane officer or officer as defined in 13 V.S.A. § 351(4) or local board of health officer or agent. (b) There shall be no monetary liability on the part of, and no cause of action for damages against, a veterinarian licensed to practice in this State who accompanies a humane officer during the execution of a warrant pursuant to 13 V.S.A. § 354, or evaluates the health of and provides medical attention to, including a decision for euthanasia, an animal brought to that veterinarian for health assessment or necessary medical care, pursuant to 13 V.S.A. § 354. (c) There shall be no monetary liability on the part of, and no cause of action for damages against, a veterinarian licensed to practice in this State who inspects premises or orders a quarantine pursuant to 20 V.S.A. § 3682 or 3683.