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How do I Lodge Complaints Against Veterinarians?

Updated July 20, 2017

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

  2. Contact your state Veterinary Medical Board and request a complaint form.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Wait to hear back from the Veterinary Medical Board.

  8. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

  • Complaint form
  • Ballpoint pen

About the Author

Based in Iowa, Jerry Baguss began his writing career in 2010. He bases his articles on his expertise as a maintenance engineer and plant manager with 30 years of hands-on experience. Baguss has certifications in supervisory management and in precision instrument and blueprint reading from Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa.

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