Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD is president of the Associates in Veterinary Law P.C., which provides legal and consulting services exclusively to veterinarians. He can be reached via e-mail at [email protected] Dr. Allen serves on dvm360 magazine's Editorial Advisory Board.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Feb 01, 2009
The prospect of building an all-new practice facility is a daunting one, especially for veterinarians who have not owned a practice before.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Jan 01, 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.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Dec 01, 2008
Several factors determine whether they're subcontractors or employees.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Nov 01, 2008
I am sure that by now pretty much every veterinary hospital owner is aware that it is important to have an employee handbook or manual for clinic workers.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Oct 01, 2008
The debate over limited licensure has many factors.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Sep 01, 2008
When I wrote the first half of this article a few months ago, I had no idea how much interest and how many inquiries I would receive on the subject of so-called "policies." Consequently, I thought I would put together the final piece sooner rather than later. I will admit that the subject is a bit complex, and may not be the most enthralling topic in the world. Nonetheless, it is an important one for veterinary practitioners who are concerned about their estates, their surviving relatives and the quality of care they hope to receive as seniors.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Aug 01, 2008
Veterinary school and law-school training actually have quite a bit in common. For example, when I finished each, I soon realized just how huge was the volume of practical things I needed to know but did not.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Jul 01, 2008
The demands upon us continue to increase with each advance in technological sophistication.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Jun 01, 2008
It wouldn't surprise me if a certain percentage of readers who merely scan this month's piece do so because they don't see what relevance the topic could possibly have to the practicing veterinarian. I understand completely because, at first blush, it doesn't seem possible that any "investigations" would need to be carried out in an animal hospital and, even if one did need to be done, how complicated could it be?
DVM360 MAGAZINE - May 01, 2008
I remember the summer days of my youth. My dad's veterinary practice, within walking distance of the local high school, was always fully staffed with local adolescents who just loved to be around animals. True, they didn't know anything about animal restraint or when to use gloves or pretty much anything else, but they were eager and willing and looking for a chance to get some experience with a veterinarian.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Apr 01, 2008
They say that most things in life swing like a pendulum from extreme to extreme. We know the business economy follows a boom-and-bust cycle that is mitigated only marginally through government intervention. Also, the political inclinations of society vacillate between conservative and liberal thought and from intolerance to excessive political correctness.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Apr 01, 2008
This legal threat, as with so many others, leaves us as veterinary practitioners with a "to-do" list. Actually two "to-do" lists, and they are as follows:
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Mar 01, 2008
This month I complete a two-part column discussing an expense that many of us put so far on the back burner it's probably on a hot plate in the shed behind your clinic.
- Feb 01, 2008
It's no secret that most veterinary medical students are cash poor. Still, a handful might have a few extra dollars to spare, perhaps from a tax refund. Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD, a consultant and president of Associates in Veterinary Law P.C., offers five ways to make smart investments with a small amount of money for future gains.