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How to Become a Veterinary Case Law Specialist

published June 18, 2009

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There is a lot of time and effort that will need to be put forth when trying to become an attorney that specializes in veterinary cases. It is certainly worth the effort though as attorneys in this field often feel personally rewarded as well as financially rewarded. With all of the benefits and perks that come with this type of career choice, you are probably very eager to get started. Before you can jump in headfirst you will first need to make sure that you are taking the proper steps.

You will first need a four-year undergraduate degree in order to be accepted into law school. The major that you concentrate on during those four years really does not matter. If you are just starting college now you may want to focus on pre-law or business just to give you that little bit of an extra edge. The more educated attorneys are the better they will be able to do their job and help others. Once you are in law school you will need to make sure that you are focusing on the right courses.


If you can work with attorneys that specialize in veterinary cases then you will have a wonderful head start. Many people find that working as an internship; whether it is a paid position or not, have an easier time helping people once they officially join the ranks with other attorneys. During the summer months and even throughout the school year you will want to do as much hands-on work as possible without taking too much away from your studies. Besides experience you will also need excellent grades so make sure that you are always keeping that in mind.

Make sure that you are also reading as much as you can on veterinary medicine and the various technologies and techniques that are newly being introduced into the veterinary field. This way you will be very prepared to answer questions during interview of a position. Interviewers will often ask their potential attorneys about recent changes in the field to see how well they keep up with the latest information. If you are not up to date on all of the changes in the veterinary field you will most likely not be considered as one of the better choices for the position.

Make sure that you are also getting yourself familiar with the American Veterinary Medical Law Association, or the AVMLA. By visiting their website you will be able to learn a lot of valuable information such as how all in the country has vested interest in veterinary law. This will give you a good place to look for potential jobs that may have openings for attorneys in the future.

But before you can start legally and officially working alongside other attorneys as a peer of theirs, you will have to have two things in hand. You will need your certification from the bar exam and your degree from law school. Without these two things you will be unable to work as a lawyer in veterinary law. Once you do have both of these items in your hand you can begin looking for work at a law firm that specializes in veterinary law.

If you are unable to field an attorney's office that specializes in this field that is hiring, then you can look elsewhere. Just make sure that the office at least has experience with these types of cases and you will be all set. Even though it may seem like an extremely long process, it will go fast for you. This is because you will be so busy with school and work that you will have your degree in hand before you know it. Once you begin working in veterinary law you will see that all of your hard work and patience has finally paid off.

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