A bill allowing veterinarians to report suspected animal mistreatment is passed in Tennessee

This week, Tennessee lawmakers have passed a bill that grants veterinarians the authority to report cases of suspected animal abuse.

The Veterinarian Medical Practice Act has recently undergone an update, enabling veterinarians to report suspected cases of pet abuse to law enforcement agencies. With the implementation of HB2079, veterinarians are now empowered to provide testimony in court while maintaining the confidentiality of their veterinarian-client-patient relationship. This important amendment ensures that veterinarians can play a crucial role in safeguarding the well-being of animals and seeking justice for any instances of cruelty or mistreatment.

“Animal cruelty is a serious crime in Tennessee and it was important that we clarify the Veterinarian Medical Practice Act to ensure our experts could, in fact, advocate for animals,” said Rep. Bryan Terry( R-Murfreesboro).

Veterinarians who report suspected abuse are granted immunity from any breach of confidentiality, as long as they are acting in good faith, according to the legislation.

“This kind of law is in place in surrounding states and I am honored to be able to work with our veterinarian association and the Farm Bureau to put these common-sense protections in place for our veterinarians and our animals.”

The bill is currently awaiting Gov. Bill Lee’s signature after progressing through the necessary stages.

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