VETERINARIAN Conduct & Employment lawyer
Veterinarians may play multi-faceted roles as employers, employees, and regulated professionals. Each of these roles can pose its own legal challenges in asserting or protecting rights.
As an employer, some veterinary practices may have large staffs of technicians and administrative support personal, in addition to employed veterinarians.
We understand that veterinarians are subject to strict regulation and complaints from employers, pet owners and animal custodians. We understand the demands placed upon them by their regulators and the public.
We help veterinarians throughout Canada who are facing professional misconduct, competence, fitness, administrative, civil negligence or criminal proceedings. We'll give you our considered legal opinion on the likely optimal outcome of your case, negotiate for you, and appear as your advocate. You'll have a strong ally to lean on at every stage of the proceedings.
Veterinarians should not try to go up against their regulator alone without legal representation. Professional conduct proceedings unfortunately don't have the same checks and balances that are inherent in the court-based civil and criminal justice system. Inconsistent regulatory policies, unreliable evidence of alleged misconduct, and incoherent sanctions may be the result of uncontrolled proceedings if you don't have an advocate to hold your regulator to account.
Employment law situations, regardless of whether you are the employer or employee, can also be extremely complex, where what is written as the statutory rules and entitlements is only the tip of the unwritten court-made employment iceberg. Employment contracts, confidentiality agreements, pay and benefits, harassment, and dismissal can all involve complex legal issues where timely advice from a lawyer is required to prevent or reduce workplace conflicts, and secure or defend against entitlement claims.
Contact us today to discuss the veterinarian employment law or professional conduct situation you may be facing.