Good Samaritan law

The American Animal Hospital Association’s position regarding the good samaritan law.

The American Animal Hospital Association recommends the adoption of a Uniform Good Samaritan Law by all states and provinces, such as the following:

“Any veterinarian or veterinary technician who, in good faith, renders emergency care, without remuneration or expectation of remuneration, to a sick or injured animal shall not be liable for any civil damages resulting from his or her acts or omission, except for such damages as may result from acts of gross negligence or wanton acts or omissions.”

This type of law would serve to encourage veterinarians and veterinary technicians to assist with emergency veterinary care.

Adopted by the American Animal Hospital Association Board of Directors June 1994. Last revised March 2010.