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About the Practice

Associates in Veterinary Law, P.C. (aVL) has navigated clients through tremendous change…especially the impact of practice corporatization. Our office has been developing extensive familiarity with the many practice consolidators - and the drawbacks and/or benefits each brings to veterinary practitioners.

Associates in Veterinary Law, P.C. 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 25-year practicing veterinarian 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?

Some firms specialize in issues affecting physician employment, hospital-related disputes and human imaging malpractice. But issues faced by veterinary practitioners are entirely different.

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, its complexities, and its hurdles better than 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 restrictions, and “surprises” which come up in the veterinary partnership relationship.

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About Dr. Allen

Dr. Christopher Allen, Associates in Veterinary Law principal, is both an attorney and practicing veterinarian.

He 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 currently works as a veterinary practice owner as well as an experienced legal and consulting professional with aVL.

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 DVM360 for nearly 20 years.