Maine Revised Statutes

§4877. Veterinarian-client-patient relationship required; Good Samaritan 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: [2015, c. 209, §21 (NEW).]

1. Engaged by client.   Has been engaged by the client;
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2. Assumed responsibility.   Has assumed responsibility for making medical judgments regarding the health of the patient;
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3. Knowledge of patient.   Has sufficient knowledge of the patient to initiate a preliminary diagnosis of the medical condition of the patient and has personal knowledge of the keeping and care of the patient as a result of:
A. A timely examination of the patient by the veterinarian; or [2015, c. 209, §21 (NEW).]
B. A medically appropriate and timely visit or visits by the veterinarian to the patient while that patient is under the care of the veterinarian's practice; [2015, c. 209, §21 (NEW).]
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4. Follow-up evaluation.   Is readily available for follow-up evaluation or has arranged for veterinary emergency coverage and continuing care and treatment; and
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5. Records.   Maintains patient records.
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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. [2015, c. 209, §21 (NEW).]

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