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Articles by Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD

What's really bothering you?

Seeking legal help with job complaints? First engage them
Aug 1, 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.

Third-party payment system makes economic, legal sense

DVMs carry an unwieldy burden as doctors, administrators
Jul 1, 2008

The demands upon us continue to increase with each advance in technological sophistication.

Probing for worker misconduct plants legal land mines

Jun 1, 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?

Summer volunteers raise legal, insurance and pay issues

May 1, 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.

Two to-do lists

Apr 1, 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:

Firing employees on workers' comp can present challenges

Apr 1, 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.

Long-term care insurance: details decisions and dollars

Mar 1, 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.

5 small-time financial strategies

Earn maximum gains with a minimalistic investment strategy
Feb 1, 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.

Protect your office from sexual harassment

Feb 1, 2008

Sexual harassment in a small-business setting tends to present differently than in a towering office-building in corporate America.

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