Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

Burns Ind. Code Ann. 25-38.1-4-7

Summary Title

Good Samaritan Law: Veterinarian


A veterinarian or veterinarian technician, who, voluntarily, provides emergency care to an injured or sick animal, will not be held legally responsible for acting. 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

Emergency treatment - Liability

Full Text

A licensed veterinarian or a registered veterinary technician who, on the veterinarian’s or technician’s own initiative, gives emergency treatment to a sick or injured animal is not liable in damages to the owner of the animal in the absence of gross negligence. If a licensed veterinarian performs euthanasia on the animal, there is a presumption that performing euthanasia was a humane act, necessary to relieve the animal of pain and suffering.