Michigan - Animal Abuse Resources for Veterinarians

Last updated March 2018

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: Licensed Veterinarians or Veterinary Technicians
Animal Abuse Reporting is: May report
Reportable Offenses: abandoned animal
neglected animal
abused animal
(333.18827) (750.50)
Good Faith Reporting has: Immunity
"immune from civil or criminal liability" (333.18827)
Report to: peace officer or animal control officer or officer of a private organization devoted to the humane treatment of animals
Sources: PUBLIC HEALTH CODE (Excerpt) Act 368 of 1978. 333.18827

The Michigan Penal Code (Excerpt) Act 328 of 1931. 750.50.