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The Vermont Statutes Online

The Vermont Statutes Online have been updated to include the actions of the 2023 session of the General Assembly.

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Title 26 : Professions and Occupations

Chapter 044 : Veterinary Medicine

Subchapter 001 : General Provisions

(Cite as: 26 V.S.A. § 2405)
  • § 2405. Immunity from liability for good samaritan acts

    (a) For purposes of this section, an “emergency” shall include a fire, flood, storm, or other natural disaster, hazardous chemical or substance incident, vehicular collision with an animal, or other transportation accident where an animal is injured or in need of assistance to protect its health or life.

    (b) A veterinarian licensed by the Board or any other person who, in good faith, provides care and treatment to an animal during an emergency shall not be held liable for civil damages by the owner of the animal, unless his or her acts constitute gross negligence or unless he or she will receive or expects to receive remuneration.

    (c) Nothing contained in this section shall alter existing law with respect to tort liability of a practitioner of veterinary medicine for acts committed in the ordinary course of his or her practice. (Added 2001, No. 151 (Adj. Sess.), § 24, eff. June 27, 2002.)