How do I Lodge Complaints Against Veterinarians?

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How do I Lodge Complaints Against Veterinarians?
Know your veterinarian. (doctor holding an injection image by Lisa Eastman from

You can lodge a complaint against a veterinarian through your state Veterinary Medical Board or through the Office Of Consumer Affairs. Don't make complaints except for continuous violations, serious violations or cruelty to animals. Do not file a complaint to the Veterinary Medical Board simply because you do not like a particular veterinarian or disagree with the amount of your bill. If you have a dispute about your bill, contact your local Better Business Bureau.

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  • Complaint form
  • Ballpoint pen

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    Make sure that you have a legitimate complaint and not just personal dissatisfaction.

    How do I Lodge Complaints Against Veterinarians?
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    Contact your state Veterinary Medical Board and request a complaint form.

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    While waiting for the form, write your complaint on a notepad. When you see it in writing, it may not seem worth filing.

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    Make copies of any paperwork that you plan on using to back up your complaint. Written statements from others with the same complaint will help your case.

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    Fill out the complaint form completely. Print so your information is legible, and make your explanation of the complaint as brief and precise as possible.

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    Place your completed complaint form and all related paperwork in a business envelope, making sure that the envelope is addessed correctly and has proper postage. Mail it.

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    Wait to hear back from the Veterinary Medical Board.

Tips and warnings

  • Dissatisfied customers lodge the majority of complaints against veterinarians, but being dissatisfied is not proof of incompetence or sufficient grounds for disciplinary action. Make sure you have a legitimate complaint before lodging one.

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