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Articles by Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD

The patient care disconnect: Assessing your liability when communication fails

Why larger veterinary hospitals face greater risks for workers' missteps
Sep 1, 2009

Legal liability is a potential problem for all businesses, including veterinarians. And the larger the business, the greater the risk.

Breaching a non-compete clause has consequences

Much more is at stake than enforceability; your career is at risk
Aug 1, 2009

Much more is at stake than enforceability; your career is at risk.

The amorphous buy-in offer

Beware of potential misunderstandings about sensitive partnership issue
Jul 1, 2009

One of the more stressful times in a veterinarian's employment relationship is contract-signing or contract-renewal time.

Information is power when it comes to pet 'lemon' laws

There are new reasons to exercise care during initial examinations
Jun 1, 2009

There are new reasons to exercise care during initial examinations.

What you can do to help save your job

Apr 1, 2009

Finding ways to generate revenue and cut costs can make you indispensable

Euthanasia's legal side: Issues DVMs must consider

Review the information about possible and further treatments, costs of treatment and consent
Mar 1, 2009

The moment of a pet's euthanasia nearly always is difficult for the owner and is troubling for the veterinarian.

Thinking of converting a building into a clinic?

Explore the legal and economic realities before you commit
Feb 1, 2009

The prospect of building an all-new practice facility is a daunting one, especially for veterinarians who have not owned a practice before.

Protecting yourself from 'pet battery' lawsuits

Some changes to standard admission forms can prove effort to avoid errors
Jan 1, 2009

One of the most surprising things I learned in law school was the legal definition of "battery." A similar principle applies to the veterinarian who performs an act on an animal without the permission of its owner.

Hiring a relief vet?

Dec 1, 2008

Several factors determine whether they're subcontractors or employees.

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