Help! Where can I report vet malpractice? I brought my pet to a vet for treatment but my pet died.
A comprehensive investigation by a veterinarian or a team of licensed veterinary practitioners can determine whether there was malpractice done by another veterinarian in the treatment, surgery of your pet.
This service (investigation, necropsy) is something that we cannot offer as PAWS only has one vet that attends to charity cases, emergency cases and the giving of low-cost spay-neuter services. Due to this workload, the PAWS vet cannot conduct a full necropsy on all malpractice reports.
We suggest that malpractice cases/complaints be addressed to the PRC (Professional Regulatory Commission) or PVMA (Philippine Veterinary Medical Association). Note : It must be the aggrieved pet owner who submits and files the complaint (not any one else, not even a concerned citizen).
Here are the details for the PVMA:
You may write to the PVMA Ethics Committee, addressed to Dr. Jovellanos about your experience with the veterinarian in question.
DR. MARIANO LL. JOVELLANOS
Phil Veterinary Medical Association
Unit 233 Union Square Condominium, 15th Avenue,
Cubao, Quezon City 1109
Tel : (632) 911-3159
Fax : (632) 912-9381
E-mail : email@example.com
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are the details for PRC:
PRC General Inquiries
PRC Central Office
P. Paredes St. cor. Morayta St.
Tel. (632) 7368018
Telefax (632) 7354476
For malpractice charges, you may consult with a private lawyer as our volunteer lawyers are handling mostly animal cruelty cases.
HOW TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING
1. Find a qualified, competent, and caring licensed veterinarian.
2. Don't wait until your pet is very ill before bringing him/her to a vet. Take your pet to a vet asap at the first sign of a problem for proper diagnosis and treatment. Inform your vet of any reactions or problems.
3. Do not be reluctant to seek a second or even third opinion from another vet regarding the diagnosis of your pet.
4. Monitor your pet's stay at the hospital or clinic. Ask questions if you do not understand what services the
veterinarian is tendering. Trust your common sense.
5. If you suspect malpractice, immediately seek an independent and confidential second opinion. If your pet has died, preserve the remains and quickly take the body to another veterinarian for a necropsy to determine the cause of death.
6. Always ask for a copy of your pet's test results (blood test, x-ray, etc) and keep a record of whatever treatment is being administered for that day you have brought your pet to the vet.
7. If you have received a second opinion that supports your concern about malpractice, immediately consult with a private lawyer for advice.
We hope that this information has been helpful.
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