Journal of Social Sciences

Compensating Companion Animal Owners for Veterinary Malpractice Through an Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism

Terence J. Centner and Nikita Smeshko

DOI : 10.3844/jssp.2011.597.604

Journal of Social Sciences

Volume 7, Issue 4

Pages 597-604


Problem statement: Many people own pets for companionship and become attached to their animals. Given this attachment, some owners contract for veterinary services to extend the lives of their pets and may spend more money for veterinary care than their animals are worth. If their pet dies due to veterinary malpractice, they only receive a nominal sum for damages. Approach: The research seeks a regulatory solution to compensate companion-pet owners in instances where veterinary malpractice causes injury to or the death of a pet. Under current law, remedies for veterinary malpractice do not recognize the pets


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