What Is Veterinary Malpractice?

“Malpractice” is the failure of a professional, such as a vet, to perform services pursuant to the “standard of care.” The “standard of care” is what other professionals, similarly situated (geographically and within the same field of specialization), would do under the same circumstances. For example, if you brought your dog to a vet, and your dog had been bitten by another animal, and the standard of care called for the vet to give your dog a certain vaccination, and the dog later became ill or died as a result of the failure of the vet to give the shot, then the vet would be liable for all resulting losses and damages.