(a) In this section, “large animal” means exotic livestock or a cow, horse, mule, ass, sheep, goat, llama, alpaca, farm elk, or hog. The term does not include a common household pet such as a cat or dog.
(b) A veterinarian licensed under Chapter 801, Occupations Code, has a lien on a large animal and the proceeds from the disposition of the large animal to secure the cost of veterinary care the veterinarian provided to the large animal.
(c) A lien under this section:
(1) attaches on the 20th day after the date the veterinarian first provides care to the large animal;
(2) attaches regardless of whether the veterinarian retains possession of the large animal;
(3) takes priority over all other liens on the large animal for the period during which the veterinarian retains possession of the large animal, regardless of whether the lien under this section was created or perfected after the date on which another lien was created or perfected, if the veterinarian retains possession; and
(4) has the priority with respect to other liens as provided by Subchapter C,1 Chapter 9, Business & Commerce Code, if the veterinarian does not retain possession.
(d) The veterinarian may retain possession of a large animal under this section and enforce a lien under this section as provided by Section 70.005(c).
(e) A veterinarian who does not retain possession of a large animal under this section may enforce a lien under this section in the same manner as a statutory residential landlord's lien.
Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., ch. 1387, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2009.