Veterinary Law and Consulting Firm Protecting Veterinary Associates and Practice Owners

Specialists in Associate Contracts, Practice Sales / Acquisitions, Partnerships and more

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Helping You Navigate the Complexities of Veterinary Law

20 years ago, we practiced veterinary medicine without a thought as to the law. Does your practice go a day without having to consider it now?

At aVL, we practice exclusively in the areas of veterinary- related law and business - and have done so for over 30 years in order to meet the unique and evolving needs of veterinarians. We can help you make the right decisions for your practice and career from a highly informed perspective.
We created our legal and consulting practice to meet the specific and highly unique requirements of veterinary practitioners.

Just the Counsel You Need

We understand that every client’s requirements and circumstances are unique. So we tailor our solutions to meet those specific needs – on a budget.
There are 4 primary reasons veterinarians have been confidently coming to us since 1993:

  • 1 We’re very easy to work with and reasonably priced.
  • 2 We understand the challenges faced by both associates and practice owners.
  • 3 We work with clients directly or in concert with their personal attorneys, brokers, agents, or CPAs.
  • 4 We respond to requests promptly, and there is no charge for your initial call or e-mail review of the matter in question.

Meet Christopher Allen, D.V.M., J.D.

40 years as a practicing attorney
30 years a practicing veterinarian and veterinary consultant
Columnist and Editorial Board member, DVM360 Magazine
Lecturer – CVC, AVMA, Western States Veterinary Conferences
Speaker at many state Veterinary Association Conventions
Former Pet Insurance veterinary advisory board member

Generalist and Specialist clients include:

  • Intern and Resident Clients
  • Behaviorists
  • Radiologists
  • Neurologists
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Many others including corporate funded residencies
  • Veterinary Expert Witness testimony / trial support

Practice Areas


Who We Serve

We're here for the life of your career.

The services we offer at Associates in Veterinary Law, P.C. are designed to support veterinarians like you throughout your professional career.

Whether you’re:

  • A new graduate who would like us to look over your employment contract,
  • The owner of a growing clinic who is considering making an associate a “buy-in” offer,
  • A practice medical director who needs a better, clearer associate employment agreement document,
  • A practitioner who is considering buying or starting a clinic or hospital, or
  • A general practice attorney seeking guidance in the unique aspects of veterinary law for one of his or her clients.
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…We’re Here To Help.

No legal or consulting issue is too small – or large – for us to provide timely and expert advice. Whether you need help determining the best compensation and benefits mix to offer a potential associate, or you have just completed vet school or a residency and are confused about the non-competition terms in one of your job offer letters, our experience can save you angst, time, and money.

We understand BOTH the practice of veterinary medicine and the practice of law.

So we’re able to:

  • 1 quickly understand your issue,
  • 2 draw upon decades of experience to understand the full legal and practical context of the problem, and
  • 3 provide you with affordable and career-sensitive legal options for resolution.

And, importantly, we are your colleagues. Friendly, welcoming, and supportive while addressing your legal or entrepreneurial challenges.

Hear From Our Clients…

From a Vet Accused of Malpractice:

“Please see the final order attached: good news! Your input in the case was a turning point. I highly appreciate your efforts.”

From a Practitioner Entering into a Partnership:

“We really appreciate your input on our partnership agreement. Our original attorney’s draft was quite incomplete, and your final re-draft included every possible contingency. We are all very pleased.”