Rep. Morrison's veterinarian records bill signed into law

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Wednesday, May 28, 2014

STATEHOUSE – House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1013, authored by State Representative Alan Morrison (R-Terre Haute), was ceremoniously signed into law by Governor Mike Pence to protect Hoosier families and their pets. This legislation requires veterinarian medical records to be released within five business days in situations when one pet attacks another pet or human.

“By warranting the timely release of veterinarian records, it will be easier for Hoosiers to determine if medical attention is necessary for the victim of an attack, whether it be their pet or child,” said Rep. Morrison “This legislation streamlines the process of gaining access to animal medical records and establishes a time frame in which veterinarians must furnish this information.”

This legislation provides that in certain circumstances an animal's veterinary medical records must be released within five business days. This could include a request from a physician or veterinarian to verify a rabies vaccination of an animal or to investigate a threat to human or animal health.

“One of my constituents was unable to obtain veterinarian records when her dog was attacked by another dog,” said Rep. Morrison. “Valuable legislation can come from constituent communication, so I am grateful that this person came to me with their frustration and worry.”

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Rep. Morrison represents all of Vermillion County and portions of Clay, Fountain, Parke, Vigo and Warren counties.