2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
SENATE SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT 1,
TO SENATE BILL 435
January 19, 2018 - Offered by Senator Cowles.
1An Act to amend
89.05 (1); and
256.04 (11) and 256.155 of the statutes; 2relating to: the rendering of first aid to animals by emergency medical services
3practitioners or emergency medical responders.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This substitute amendment allows an emergency medical services practitioner
or an emergency medical responder to render first aid services to a sick or injured
domestic animal that the emergency medical services practitioner or emergency
medical responder encounters in the course of responding to a call for services before
the domestic animal is transferred to a veterinarian for further treatment. Under
the substitute amendment, a domestic animal is a dog, cat, or other house pet. The
service provided to the domestic animal must be in the scope of practice of the
emergency medical services practitioner or emergency medical responder when
applied to human beings.
The substitute amendment provides civil and criminal immunity for
ambulance service providers, emergency medical services practitioners, or
emergency medical responders for any outcomes resulting from the rendering of first
aid to the domestic animal. The substitute amendment also provides civil and
criminal immunity for those persons for declining to render first aid to a domestic
The substitute amendment incorporates a terminology change as enacted in 2017 Wisconsin Act 12
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
89.05 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
Except as provided under sub. (2) and
s. ss. 256.155 and
257.03, no 3
person may offer to practice, advertise to practice or practice veterinary medicine, 4
or use, in connection with his or her name, any title or description which may convey 5
the impression that he or she is a veterinarian, without a license or temporary permit 6
from the examining board. For purposes of this subsection, a person who makes 7
extra-label use of a drug on an animal without a prescription or in any manner not 8
authorized by that prescription is considered to be practicing veterinary medicine.
256.04 (11) of the statutes is created to read:
Serve as a repository and contact for information and guidance on 11
rendering first aid to domestic animals. In developing any guidance under this 12
subsection, the board shall consult with a licensed veterinarian who is trained in 13
pre-hospitalization emergency care of domestic animals.
256.155 of the statutes is created to read:
15256.155 First aid to domestic animals. (1) Definition.
In this section, 16
“domestic animal” has the meaning given in s. 895.484 (1) (a).
17(2) Rendering first aid allowed.
An emergency medical services practitioner 18
or emergency medical responder who, in the course of responding to a call for service, 19
encounters a domestic animal that is sick or injured may render any first aid service 20
to the domestic animal before the domestic animal is transferred to a veterinarian 21
for further treatment if the service is in the scope of practice of the license or
certification of that emergency medical services practitioner or emergency medical 2
responder when applied to human beings.
3(3) Immunity from liability.
(a) An ambulance service provider, emergency 4
medical services practitioner, or emergency medical responder is immune from civil 5
or criminal liability for any outcomes resulting from an emergency medical services 6
practitioner or an emergency medical responder rendering first aid to a domestic 7
animal in accordance with sub. (2).
(b) An ambulance service provider, emergency medical services practitioner, or 9
emergency medical responder is immune from civil or criminal liability from 10
declining to render first aid to a domestic animal.