Full Case Name:  Tracy Price v. Nancy O. Brown, VMD

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Country of Origin:  United States Court Name:  Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County, Civil Division Primary Citation:  131 Montg. Co. L. R. 150 (1994) Date of Decision:  Friday, March 18, 1994 Judge Name:  Furber, J. Jurisdiction Level:  Pennsylvania Judges:  Furber, J, Attorneys:  Christopher Dougherty of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman, & Goggin for Nancy O. Brown, VMD Joseph Manning of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman, & Goggin forHickory Veterinary Hospital William Halligan for Tracy Price Docket Num:  93-07865
Summary: Plaintiff's bull dog went to defendant veterinarian for surgery to correct a prolapsed urethra. The dog died a few days later. The plaintiff then sought to recover the value of the dog on a strict theory of bailment. Defendant filed a preliminary objection asserting that this doctrine was inapplicable and could not afford relief. The court held that the plaintiff had failed to state a claim from which relief could be sought and dismissed the complaint. The court, however, allowed the plaintiff to amend the compliant.In holding to sustain the defendant's preliminary objection, the court reasoned that since veterinarians are part of a professional discipline, in order to recover damages for the injury or the death to an animal entrusted to a veterinarian's care, a plaintiff must prove professional negligence instead of a bailiff arrangement.
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See Price v. Brown, (680 A.2d 1149 (Pa. 1996)) for a final rulling on this case.

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