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AVMA Animal Abuse and Neglect

The AVMA recognizes that veterinarians may observe cases of animal abuse and neglect as defined by federal or state laws, or local ordinances. When these situations cannot be resolved through education, the AVMA considers it the responsibility of the veterinarian to report such cases to appropriate authorities. Disclosure may be necessary to protect the health and welfare of animals and people. Veterinarians should be aware that accurate record keeping and documentation of these cases are invaluable.

Reproduced by permission from the American Veterinary Medical Association.