Virginia - 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 Veterinarian
Animal Abuse Reporting is: Mandatory: It is considered unprofessional conduct if a veterinarian fails to report suspected animal cruelty
Reportable Offenses: Abuse, Neglect and Cruelty
Good Faith Reporting has: Immunity
"...shall be immune from any civil or criminal liability or administrative penalty or sanction..." (54.1-3812.1)
Report to: Appropriate Authorities
Sources: § 54.1-3812.1. Reporting of animal cruelty.