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Articles by Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD

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.

Issues often neglected in employee manuals

Be sure your handbook addresses them to protect yourself, practice against litigation
Nov 1, 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.

Limited licensure raises legal, liability issues

Differing regulations, fees authority among the states could be problematic
Oct 1, 2008

The debate over limited licensure has many factors.

Long-term care insurance: policy choices and elections

Sep 1, 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.

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