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Christopher Allen DVM, JD
Dr. Christopher Allen graduated from law school in 1982 and practiced for a New York City law firm specializing in insurance defense. He received his DVM in 1988 and purchased a multi-doctor veterinary practice the same year. He now owns two veterinary practices in upstate New York as well as his law and consulting practice, Associates in Veterinary Law, P.C., which advises and represents veterinarians and their families and business interests exclusively. Dr. Allen is a frequent lecturer at state and national veterinary conferences and has been the monthly legal columnist as well as an editorial board member of DVM Newsmagazine for over 15 years.

About Us

Associates in Veterinary Law, P.C. (aVL) brings together two unique, professional disciplines--veterinary medicine and legal counsel--to provide the best possible outcome for our clients and their personal attorneys. Founded by noted author, speaker and dedicated practitioner Dr. Christopher Allen, DVM, JD, aVL makes the law work for clients' challenges ranging from partnerships to malpractice, and employment agreements to estate planning.

Whether you're a veterinary practitioner, student,
clinic owner or attorney yourself, you can benefit from aVL's
affordable and accessible counsel.

Why consider veterinary-specific legal or consulting advice?

  • Many attorneys are experienced in drafting documents and forming business organizations for manufacturing or food service companies. But our profession is nothing like a typical business.
  • Some lawyers have done a lot of work with physician contracts or HMO employment disputes. Veterinarians and their practices are completely different.
  • Nobody understands our unique profession and workplace like we do and when a legal issue arises, a veterinarian should consider an attorney who knows about demanding clients, unpredictable employees, animal-use real estate and “surprises” which come up in the veterinary partnership relationship.


Appropriate legal advice in such an environment requires experience - not just in briefs and contract drafting but in veterinary practice. We understand what you're up against - day in and day out. The price pressure. The job pressure. The pressure to make decisions - big ones - without all the facts and possibly without knowing all the potential consequences.


You need to decide if an employment contract is fair within a week. You have to decide whether you should lease a new clinic before the option expires. You don't have all year to respond to your client's threat to sue you. With Associates in Veterinary Law, PC, a single phone call puts you on the road to an answer or a better understanding of your options.


Call or e-mail us today. We'll explain how we can offer you just the service you need, without a long-term retainer agreement. Hourly. Or by the project. For as long or as short a time as you need advice.