Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

Fla. Stat. 768.13(3)

Summary Title

Good Samaritan Law: Veterinary Medicine


An individual or a licensed veterinarian who, in good faith and voluntarily, provides emergency care to an injured animal at the scene of an emergency 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

Good Samaritan Act; immunity from civil liability

Full Text

(3) Any person, including those licensed to practice veterinary medicine, who gratuitously and in good faith renders emergency care or treatment to an injured animal at the scene of an emergency on or adjacent to a roadway shall not be held liable for any civil damages as a result of such care or treatment or as a result of any act or failure to act in providing or arranging further medical treatment where the person acts as an ordinary reasonably prudent person would have acted under the same or similar circumstances.