A perceived failure of veterinary medical care may lead an animal owner to pursue legal recourse, including a professional negligence or veterinary malpractice suit or a license complaint, that may result in serious repercussions for a veterinarian. This course will review the different rules and regulations that govern veterinary professional behavior; list steps in a state license disciplinary action; define the elements of a veterinary malpractice claim; explain the role of an expert witness; describe the application of the standard of care; review factors that are considered in an award of damages; and list strategies to help prevent legal issues from arising in clinical practice. This non interactive-distance, non medical program # 1078-37547 has been approved for 2 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval. The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association has approved this course for 2.0 (two) continuing education credits (Online Delivery) Course ID # 20-50.
Dr. Sarah Babcock is a licensed veterinarian and attorney. She provides both online and live continuing education to help her colleagues fulfill their lifelong obligation to the continual improvement of professional knowledge and competence, as well as satisfy state licensing requirements.
Her active engagement in professional associations, academia, and small animal medicine helps to ensure that the courses offered are applicable to veterinary practice, reflect the needs of the profession, and encourage compliance with evolving veterinary medical law, ethics, and standards of care.