Vets have a duty to care for clients and patients (and some third parties) with an appropriate level of skill. This level is the level that could be fairly expected of a competent vet.
Should the vet fail to meet the standards which could reasonably be expected of a competent vet he/she could be said to have breached their duty of care. Breach of this duty can be deemed negligent and if this caused financial loss or significant harm, negligence compensation could be claimed as a result.
In order to establish that the vet has breached their duty of care and therefore been negligent, the following questions must be considered.
• How experienced/skilled was the vet?
• What were the expected standards of the profession at the time of the incident?
• Even if the chosen approach was not best practice, was it reasonable? (Provided that it was reasonable it is not negligence)
• Was the damage or loss directly caused by the breach of duty
• Could the vet have reasonably predicted the eventual damage or loss?
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