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Law Number

Code of Ala. 34-29-90

Summary Title

Good Samaritan Law: Veterinarian


A licensed veterinarian who, in good faith, voluntarily, and without compensation, provides or attempts to provide emergency care to an animal or human will not be held legally responsible.                                                                                                                A veterinarian is not responsible for hospital expenses if they order the animal who received emergency care to be hospitalized. 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; Emergency Care

Full Text

(a) Any licensed veterinarian who in good faith as a volunteer and without fee renders emergency care or treatment to a domestic animal shall not be liable in a suit for damages as a result of his or her acts or omissions which may occur during emergency care or treatment, nor shall he or she be liable to any animal hospital for its expense if under emergency conditions he or she orders an animal hospitalized or causes his or her admission to a hospital. (b) Any licensed veterinarian who in good faith renders or attempts to render emergency care at the scene of an accident or emergency to the human victim or victims thereof shall not be liable for any civil damages as a result of any act or omissions by persons rendering or attempting to render the emergency care.