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Responsibility of Veterinary Professionals in Addressing Animal Abuse and Neglect - New Position Statement

February 7, 2018

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) has produced the following position statement:

Responsibility of Veterinary Professionals in Addressing Animal Abuse and Neglect: The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) holds that veterinary professionals, including veterinarians and registered veterinary technologists/technicians, have a duty to protect the health and welfare of animals. This includes addressing any and all first-hand observations leading to suspicion of animal abuse and/or neglect. This includes, but is not limited to, reporting of suspected abuse to the appropriate law enforcement authorities. Depending on the jurisdiction in which he or she practices, a veterinarian may or may not have a legal obligation to report suspected abuse or neglect and may or may not be immune from liability resulting from reporting in good faith.

View all CVMA position statements here.