2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
October 9, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Cowles, Risser, Wanggaard, Olsen,
Carpenter, Nass, Erpenbach, Marklein and Vinehout, cosponsored by
Representatives Considine, Kitchens, VanderMeer, Milroy, Gannon,
Sinicki, Kulp, Anderson, Pope, Tauchen, Stuck, Ohnstad, Crowley, Sargent,
Berceau, Spreitzer, Subeck, Wachs, C. Taylor, E. Brooks, Quinn, Kolste,
Jacque, Doyle, Ballweg and Born. Referred to Committee on Judiciary and
1An Act to amend
89.05 (1); and
256.04 (10) and 256.155 of the statutes; 2relating to: the rendering of first aid to animals by emergency medical
3technicians or first responders.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill allows an emergency medical technician or a first responder to render
first aid services to a sick or injured domestic animal that the emergency medical
technician or first 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 bill, 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 technician or first responder when applied to human beings.
The bill provides civil and criminal immunity for ambulance service providers,
emergency medical technicians, or first responders for any outcomes resulting from
the rendering of first aid to the domestic animal. The bill also provides civil and
criminal immunity for those persons for declining to render first aid to a domestic
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 2
person may offer to practice, advertise to practice or practice veterinary medicine, 3
or use, in connection with his or her name, any title or description which may convey 4
the impression that he or she is a veterinarian, without a license or temporary permit 5
from the examining board. For purposes of this subsection, a person who makes 6
extra-label use of a drug on an animal without a prescription or in any manner not 7
authorized by that prescription is considered to be practicing veterinary medicine.
256.04 (10) of the statutes is created to read:
Serve as a repository and contact for information and guidance on 10
rendering first aid to domestic animals. In developing any guidance under this 11
subsection, the board shall consult with a licensed veterinarian who is trained in 12
pre-hospitalization emergency care of domestic animals.
256.155 of the statutes is created to read:
14256.155 First aid to domestic animals. (1) Definition.
In this section, 15
“domestic animal” has the meaning given in s. 895.484 (1) (a).
16(2) Rendering first aid allowed.
An emergency medical technician or first 17
responder who, in the course of responding to a call for service, encounters a domestic 18
animal that is sick or injured may render any first aid service to the domestic animal 19
before the domestic animal is transferred to a veterinarian for further treatment if 20
the service is in the scope of practice of the license or certification of that emergency 21
medical technician or first responder when applied to human beings.
22(3) Immunity from liability.
(a) An ambulance service provider, emergency 23
medical technician, or first responder is immune from civil or criminal liability for 24
any outcomes resulting from an emergency medical technician or a first responder 25
rendering first aid to a domestic animal in accordance with sub. (2).
(b) An ambulance service provider, emergency medical technician, or first 2
responder is immune from civil or criminal liability from declining to render first aid 3
to a domestic animal.