California - 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: licensed veterinarian
Animal Abuse Reporting is: mandatory
"it shall be the duty" (4830.5, 4830.7)
Reportable Offenses: animal abuse cruelty
(4830.7, Penal Code Section 597)
staged dog fighting
(4830.5, Penal Code Section 597b)
Good Faith Reporting has: immunity
"No licensee shall incur any civil liability" (4830.5, 4830.7)
Report to: law enforcement authority
"...appropriate law enforcement authorities of the county, city, or city and county in which [the abuse, cruelty of fighting] occurred" (4830.7, 4830.5)

California Codes: Business and Professions Code 4830.5

California Codes: Business and Professional Code 4830.7

Penal Code Section 597