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Veterinary Malpractice

Did you bring in your dog for a routine spay only to have her bleed to death?

Put up your cat for boarding with your veterinarian only to return from your trip to find, instead, that they put him down?

Have reason to believe that your veterinarian or her assistant treated your companion animal with gross negligence, causing infection, serious trauma, or death?

In addition to filing a complaint with the Veterinary Board of Governors when warranted by the evidence and scientific authority, contact an animal law attorney to explore your legal recourse and seek to heighten the standard of care afforded by the veterinarians to their nonhuman animal patients.

Mr. Karp estimates having evaluated and/or handled over 400 such cases, including those that have changed or helped clarify the law, such as Sherman v. Kissinger, 146 Wash.App. 855 (I, 2008) and Sexton v. Brown, 147 Wash.App. 1005 (I, 2008, unpub.). He estimates having prepared over 70 veterinary board complaints, more than one of which resulted in the Veterinary Board of Governors issuing a Statement of Allegations or Statement of Charges against the respondent. Mr. Karp also donates his time to assist current and former veterinary employees wanting to file whistleblower complaints against veterinarians who engage in unprofessional and unethical conduct without the fear of retaliation. Mr. Karp has authored Litigation Concerning Veterinary Medical Malpractice, 123 Am.Jur. Trials 305 (2012).


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