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You would be able to assert a breach of contract/reasonable reliance claim against the VET.
Even if you can't legally establish malpractice medically, you have evidence of specifically requesting certain treatment of your cat. You made her aware of the reason for wanting that specific treatment.
You reasonably relied on her assertion that she would abide by your specific treatment requests, to your detriment because she did not do so.
In failing to do so, she caused you loss, in that your breeder's warranty was voided.
It's a bit tenuous, but it is a legally articulable claim which you can bring in small claims for the damages that you are requesting.
Thank you. VERY helpful information! Do you know if I would have to face an attorney from the insurance provider, or is this outside the coverage provided by Zurich under the vet's malpractice insurance? Where I am going with this is that I feel comfortable articulating the breach of implied contract to a judge, but don't want a defense attorney using their legal knowledge to pull a fast one on me.
You wouldn't be suing her malpractice insurance. This would be a matter of a personal suit against her, for her breach of contract.
Even if it was not malpractice, it was a violation of your agreement with her.
She is legally allowed to bring representation if she wants, but most people don't due to the cost of an attorney for small claims. They charge by the hour at their full rate.