It was a lively and engaging group of attendees at the Animal Law Symposium. So much so that we only got through 3 of the top ten legal questions for vet practices. A couple of the questions that we will follow up with a blog post here include:
1) Is veterinary information confidential? Covered by HIPPA?
2) When do I have to report suspected animal abuse?
3) If a pet has been adopted out, what rights does the former owner/shelter/breeder have to direct medical care?
AND the most discussed topic, brought up by a member of the Georgia Board of Veterinary Medicine who was attending, could be summarized as follows:
“When do I have a right to refuse care, or to refuse to provide services to a patient/owner?”
I’ve written on this last one before in GVMA periodicals and some other sites, so expect a fairly lengthy blog on this topic.