Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of any general, special or local law, any
licensed veterinarian who voluntarily, and without the expectation of monetary compensation,
renders first aid or emergency treatment to an animal that is ill or injured at the
scene of an accident or other emergency, outside of an animal hospital, clinic, veterinarian's
office or other place having proper and necessary equipment for the practice of veterinary
medicine, shall not be liable for damages for injuries alleged to have been sustained
by such animal or for damages for the death of such animal alleged to have occurred
by reason of an act or omission in the rendering of such first aid or emergency treatment
unless it is established that such injuries were or such death was caused by gross
negligence on the part of such veterinarian. Nothing in this section shall be deemed or construed to relieve a licensed veterinarian
from liability for damages for injuries or death caused by an act or omission on the
part of a veterinarian while rendering professional services in the normal and ordinary
course of his or her business.
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