Groups debate pet-owner compensation for veterinary malpractice

09/7/2010 | WHYY-TV/WHYY-FM (Philadelphia)

Animal advocates are pressing for some law changes to allow owners to recover noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering, in case their pets die by malpractice. Veterinarians, however, argue that the move would only complicate matters. "It would bring so much uncertainty and endless litigation ... How do you measure the emotional bond of one person and his or her animal versus another," said AVMA's Adrian Hochstadt.

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