Virgin Islands - 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 is the duty of any veterinarian .. to report" (187 c)
Reportable Offenses: abandonment, neglect or abuse
(187 c, 180-184)
Good Faith Reporting has: immunity
"not subject to any civil or criminal" (187 c)
Report to: Police Department, Department of Justice, Department of Agriculture, any peace officer or other appropriate enforcement agency
(187 c)
Sources: Code of the Virgin Islands
See Title 14 Crimes. Chapter 7. Animals and Birds. § 187. Seizure. and § 180-184 for background on animal abuse statutes