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New law protects veterinarians when they report animal cruelty

  • 1.  New law protects veterinarians when they report animal cruelty

    Posted 27 days ago

    On October 30th, NY Governor Kathy Hochul signed a new law that expands on the legal protection for veterinarians when they report animal abuse.

    Follow to see the full text of the new law S.5023A/A.5823-A


    NYSVMS has been in negotiations with the advocates of this new bill for over 2 years. We opposed earlier versions of the bill, because we were concerned about the definitions of abuse and also that the appropriate channels for reporting were poorly defined, and not always effective.

    However the bill is very important to the partner organizations we work with on a range of animal welfare legislation. We decided to work with them to see if we could arrive at language that was acceptable to all involved.


    The final language that has been signed into law adds veterinarians to the list of healthcare professionals mandated to report abuse, and it gives veterinarians the same type of legal protection from liability and confidentiality that are usual for mandated reporters of abuse. We also made sure that it included a feedback loop so that veterinarians could be sure that abuse that they report has been followed up and appropriate action taken.


    In its current form we believe that this law will support the veterinary community in their work to reduce animal abuse.

    Timothy Atkinson