Massachusetts - 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
Animal Abuse Reporting is: Mandatory: Must report suspected animal cruelty
Reportable Offenses: Cruelty
Good Faith Reporting has: Immunity
"shall not be liable in a civil or criminal." (112 58b)
Report to: police officer or special state police officer
(112 58b, 22c 57)

Part I. Administration of the Government. Title XVI. Public Health. Chapter 112. Registration of Certain Professions and Occupations. Section 58B.