AVMLA Webinar: Reporting Animal Cruelty: The Veterinarian’s Role and Responsibilities
Nov 14, 2018 3:00 PM ET

If you are a veterinarian who provides direct care to animals or oversees other veterinarians who do, there is a good chance you will come across situations in which you suspect that an animal has been a victim of cruelty. These situations can be challenging and stressful. You will probably have many questions. How do I know if this is animal cruelty? If I suspect cruelty, should I report it? Who do I report it to? What about confidentiality and potential liability? What is expected of me if a criminal investigation and prosecution ensue?

This webinar will help answer these questions (and more), providing attendees with an overview of veterinary reporting laws and common criminal animal protection statutes; guidance on figuring out when to report suspected cruelty and who to report it to; and practical tips on navigating confidentiality issues, minimizing legal risk, and implementing best practices. In addition, attendees will gain an understanding of the unique and critical role that veterinarians play if a report results in a criminal investigation and prosecution.


Jennifer H. Chin, Esq.,  is the Vice President, Legal Advocacy, at The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). In that role, she manages the Legal Advocacy department’s “Second Chair” program, which provides legal assistance to local, state, and federal law enforcement and prosecutors nationwide with animal cruelty and animal fighting investigations and prosecutions. In addition, Jennifer oversees the department’s civil litigation practice and its submission of amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs in cases with the potential to have a substantial impact on legal protections for animals. Under Jennifer’s direction, the department also provides legal analysis and drafting expertise on legislation and regulations affecting animals. Jennifer regularly presents on animal cruelty and the law to animal control officers, law enforcement, prosecutors, veterinarians, and other animal welfare professionals. Prior to joining the ASPCA, Jennifer served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, where she specialized in criminal appeals. Jennifer started her legal career working on complex civil litigation at a New York City-based international law firm and served as law clerk to two federal judges, first in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, followed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Jennifer received her B.A. from the University of Michigan, her M.A. from Stanford University, and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.


Beverly J. Jones, Esq., is SVP and CLO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), where she provides broad-based legal support and expertise to a wide range of programmatic and infrastructure groups on areas as diverse as contracts, intellectual property, employment, defensive litigation, lobbying and political activity, tax, and animal welfare law.  She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology, Immunology & Laboratory Medicine at the University of Florida, where she teaches a course in Animal Law to veterinarians and forensic veterinary scientists.

Beverly’s commitment to excellence within the nonprofit sector has been a hallmark of her legal career. Prior to joining the ASPCA in 2009, Beverly served as Associate General Counsel at the Vera Institute of Justice, and as an associate in the Tax Exempt Organizations practice group of Preston Gates and Ellis, LLP in Seattle (now part of K&L Gates).  Beverly earned her A.B. in Government from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and a J.D. from Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut.  After law school, Beverly clerked for the Honorable Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz of the New Jersey Supreme Court and subsequently served as the Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellow in Nonprofit Law through the NYU Center on Philanthropy and the Law.  She’s currently pursuing a Master of Laws in Taxation from Villanova University.

Beverly lives with her spouse, son, and three small but rambunctious dogs in the quaint City Island neighborhood of the North Bronx.

To register for the webinar, scroll down the page, fill out the form and hit submit. Our office will contact you with additional information once we have received and processed your registration. This webinar is equal to one CE hour of professional development credit.  If you have questions, please contact [email protected]

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