The task force will study the legal ramifications of pet guardianship and recovery of noneconomic damages for the injury, loss, or death of a pet. It will present its findings to the Executive Board with recommended positions for the AVMA to adopt on both subjects. The task force report will include reasons for the recommended positions, which could be used to address relevant public policies.
Regarding the recovery of noneconomic damages for harmed pets, the task force might propose ways of determining whether an animal was of special value to an owner. Such measures might be proving the animal has a high psychologic value to the owner or demonstrating that the owner has taken extremely good care of the animal.