An Act To Amend the Maine Veterinary Practice Act
Sec. 1. 32 MRSA §4877, as enacted by PL 2015, c. 209, §21, is amended to read:
§ 4877. Veterinarian-client-patient relationship required; Good Samaritan exception; informed consent exception
In order to practice veterinary medicine, a veterinarian must be engaged in a veterinarian-client-patient relationship. A veterinarian-client-patient relationship exists when a veterinarian:
A licensed veterinarian who in good faith engages in the practice of veterinary medicine by rendering or attempting to render emergency care to a patient when a client cannot be identified and a veterinarian-client-patient relationship is not established is not subject to any disciplinary sanctions authorized by Title 10, section 8003, subsection 5-A based solely upon the veterinarian's inability to establish a veterinarian-client-patient relationship.
A licensed veterinarian may administer a vaccination against rabies, distemper, parvovirus, rhinotracheitis or panleukopenia in a vaccination clinic setting in the absence of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship if the veterinarian obtains a signed informed consent waiver from the pet owner. The informed consent waiver must include information to ensure that the pet owner is aware of the potential adverse events that may result from vaccinations and is aware that a vaccine given at a vaccination clinic is not a substitute for a complete physical examination.
This bill amends the Maine Veterinary Practice Act to allow an exception to the requirement that a veterinarian must be engaged in a veterinarian-client-patient relationship in order to practice veterinary medicine. This exception allows a veterinarian to administer a vaccination against rabies, distemper, parvovirus, rhinotracheitis or panleukopenia at a vaccination clinic if the pet owner signs an informed consent waiver.