Maryland - Animal Abuse Resources for Veterinarians

Last updated June 2015

The material provided below is a periodically updated summary. Legal requirement may change at any time so it is imperative that you follow the links provided to the current law or statute relating to animal abuse reporting by veterinarians. The absence of specific legal requirements or protections relating to veterinarians should not be taken as an exemption from the responsibility to report abuse which may exist under other non-veterinarian-specific legislation, regulations or professional guidelines. [Back to Map].

Covered person: veterinarian
Animal Abuse Reporting is: allowed
"should ... promptly report" (.03 1-3)
Reportable Offenses: cruelty
animal fighting
Good Faith Reporting has: immunity
"immune from any civil liability" (.03 3c)
Report to: law enforcement or animal control agency (list available from State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners)

Title 15. Animal cruetly reporting