Texas Bill Would Grant Immunity to Providers of Veterinary Care in Emergencies

Texas House Bill 2850 would provide civil immunity to any certified veterinary assistant, licensed veterinary technician, or veterinarian who “in good faith and as a volunteer provides veterinary care or treatment to an injured animal” if the treatment is in response to an “incident that is man-made or natural disaster that injures, endangers, or threatens to endanger the animal; is at the request of the owner of the animal or authorized representative . . . and within the scope of practice and supervision” otherwise required. The civil immunity would not apply to an act or omission that is “grossly negligent or intentional misconduct.” The bill also specifies certain circumstances under which it is permissible for a veterinarian to disclose information related to an animal’s care and treatment.