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Your Guides For Alaska’s Animal And Veterinary Laws

Alaska law is somewhat unique when it comes to animals. Animals are considered as property in most circumstances, but in others, such as custody matters, the court considers the animals’ well-being in its decisions, which is different than if the animal was viewed strictly as property, like that of a couch. For an area of law this uniquely complex, you need advice from attorneys who understand its many facets and nuances.

Veterinary and other animal-related businesses not only need to turn a profit, but they must do so keeping issues such as regulatory compliance and animal welfare at the forefront of any strategic plan.

Our legal team includes veterinarian attorney Dr. Rachel Berngartt, the only attorney in Alaska who practices animal and veterinary business law. Whether your concern involves dogs, horses, or any type of Alaskan wildlife, we can help you with issues such as:

  • Leasing
  • Breeding
  • Racing
  • Licensing
  • Recreation
  • Boarding
  • Pet custody
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Animal-related business formation and business advice Veterinary employment law
  • Business transactions
  • Veterinary startups
  • Licensing
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Liability and risk management
  • Contract drafting and review
  • Dividing a practice in a divorce

We help you balance animal welfare with your commercial interests to find the perfect harmony between the animals and your enterprise.

Advice From A Lawyer Who Is A Veterinarian

We are a rare firm, as our animal law attorney is also a veterinarian. Dr. Berngartt has an extraordinary depth of knowledge, since she has experienced veterinary medicine and a variety of situations involving animals from the other side. Few people can truly understand what the veterinary field is like unless they have been in it themselves. Her experience has brought her into contact with a variety of non-profit and for-profit businesses, a multitude of veterinary practices, scientific research facilities and other ventures involving animals.

Dr. Berngartt is the only lawyer in Alaska who practices animal and veterinary business law. She offers not only an in-depth understanding of animal law but also the rare insight that only comes from years of experience in veterinary medicine.

We do not handle veterinary malpractice prosecution.

Ask An Animal Attorney About Your Needs

With us guiding you, we can help you protect the well-being of your animals, be on the right path to run a successful business and minimize disputes. Reach out to our office in Juneau to learn more about our services. To request an initial consultation, please call 907-789-3166 or send us an email.