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The National Veterinary Law
Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC

Leading veterinary law specialists supporting the veterinary industry, the National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC consists of an experienced group of veterinary attorneys that provide strategic and legal counsel across the country.

Attorneys for Veterinarians in All Specialties

For almost two decades, the National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC has been unwavering in its commitment to empowering veterinary professionals and providing them with the highest quality legal services. Our dedicated team of legal professionals specializes in providing expert guidance and support for veterinary professionals navigating the complex landscape of veterinary law. As seasoned attorneys with a profound understanding of both the legal and veterinary industries, we are committed to safeguarding the interests of veterinarians, veterinary practices, and animal care professionals.

The National Veterinary Law Group offers an expansive range of skills, knowledge, and experience to the veterinary industry, including:

  • Practice Start-Ups
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Associate Buy-Ins
  • Employment Matters
  • Business Partnerships
  • Corporate Consolidation
  • Real Estate Matters
  • Estate, Success and Exit Strategy Planning

Mandelbaum Barrett PC is a full-service law firm with over thirty specialized practice areas. We utilize our full-service platform to provide veterinary professionals with services in both personal and professional matters at every stage of their career and life.

Assisting Veterinary Practice Owners Throughout the Country

The National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC has handled hundreds of transactions for veterinary practice owners across the country at all stages of their career. We work closely with veterinarians, consultants, and management companies in all fields, including companion and large animal, specialists, emergency and urgent care, exotics, and more. For almost two decades, our team has leveraged deep industry connections and specialized knowledge to provide unparalleled service to our clients.

Our experienced veterinary attorneys are uniquely equipped to provide veterinarians and animal care professionals with legal advice at all operational stages, including formation.  The start-up phase can be particularly challenging for new veterinarians, and our veterinary attorneys are here to help.

We frequently provide guidance on entity formation, corporate/ownership structuring, development of business plans, operational compliance, real estate considerations (buying or leasing property), employment matters, and more.

Buying, selling, or merging a veterinary practice can be an exciting endeavor, but it is not one that should be undertaken without the proper professional support.

The industry-specific legal knowledge and business acumen of the National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC can prove to be an invaluable resource to practice owners, veterinarians and other animal care professionals considering a business transaction.

Our veterinary attorneys will work closely with you to protect your interests and advocate for your needs.  We are available to provide guidance throughout every phase of the deal, whether you are seeking support navigating the due diligence process (including regulatory due diligence), negotiating deal terms, or preparing and reviewing legal agreements.  Our seasoned veterinary attorneys, who understand the nuances of the veterinary business and acquisitions market, will collaborate with accountants, practice brokers, and financial professionals to help determine the best deal for you.

Our experienced veterinary attorneys are equipped to assist in every aspect of an associate buy-in, whether you are an owner of a practice that is considering offering equity to an associate or an associate looking to become an owner. Having the right legal team is essential in these types of transactions because associate buy-ins require careful consideration of legal issues beyond buying or selling the practice’s equity. By way of example, the parties may need to negotiate employment agreements that reflect the new ownership structure or define other material terms, or the associate may want to negotiate a future right to purchase the real estate where the practice is located. The parties should ensure an experienced veterinary attorney prepares the partnership or operating agreement, which may include terms addressing a partner’s retirement or an associate’s right to eventually purchase the remaining equity in the practice.

Our veterinary attorneys have the experience necessary to guide you through the associate buy-in process and will work alongside you to ensure a successful transition of ownership.

The veterinary attorneys in the National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC provide employment counseling to veterinary practice owners as well as a wide range of veterinarians, veterinary professionals, and employees.  Our team is available to provide advice to practice owners to help avoid common pitfalls and issues that arise throughout the course of the employer-employee relationship. We can help practice owners with a variety of legal challenges, such as navigating workforce management issues and developing HR policies.

Our veterinary law team also understands that attracting and retaining quality veterinarians and support staff is an important goal for any successful veterinary practice. Our team has experience implementing employee stock or unit option plans and working with practices that have opted to grant their employees a profits interest in the practice entity. The attorneys at the National Veterinary Law Group approach employee compensation matters both strategically and technically to ensure that our clients implement effective equity incentive plans and practices that will help them attract and motivate employees in growing their practice.

With deep relationships throughout the industry, we work closely with our client’s accountants, financial advisors, practice management consultants, and other professionals to design and implement other strategies that will position our clients to better compete for top talent. Whether you are hiring a new associate, starting a new position, negotiating an employment agreement, parting ways with an existing employee or employer, or seeking to implement new employment policies, our veterinary law attorneys are here to protect your interests.

For veterinary practices with multiple owners, operating agreements and shareholder agreements serve as the roadmap to the rights, obligations, and responsibilities of the parties involved.

A well-drafted operating or partnership agreement is essential to avoid potential future disputes and protect the viability of your practice, so it is critical that an experienced veterinary attorney with industry-specific knowledge prepare and review these documents.

In recent years, the veterinary industry has attracted the attention of well-funded corporate consolidation groups interested in making steady investment returns.  As a result, these groups have financed the acquisition of veterinary practices throughout the country using various acquisition strategies and management models.

These acquisitions routinely contain more complicated payment structures, whether the purchase price is offered in the form of an earnout, rollover equity, a promissory note or a combination of structures.  The attorneys in the National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC understand the ins and outs of these provisions and can advise on the benefits and risks of each to ensure that selling owners end up with a payment and deal structure they feel comfortable with. Our team is also equipped to assist in negotiating the various agreements involved in selling to a corporate buyer, including the purchase agreement, disclosure schedules, employment agreement(s), lease agreement or assignment, and, if you are receiving rollover equity, the joinder or subscription agreement.

There can be compelling reasons to sell a veterinary practice to a corporate consolidator. The National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC understands that partnering with or selling to a corporate consolidator is a career-altering decision that will affect our clients personally, professionally, and financially.  Therefore, before making this decision, veterinarians and veterinary professionals should consult with a veterinary attorney to ensure that the sale or partnership is in the best interests of the owner(s), employees, clients, and overall culture of the practice.

The right legal team understands that the real estate upon which your practice operates is pivotal to your success.  Our veterinary attorneys offer a wealth of experience in the real estate industry and are equipped to advise clients on a wide variety of real estate matters, including the purchase, sale, financing, development, leasing, and management of real property.

Whether you are looking to purchase property, sell property, enter into a new lease agreement or lease assignment, develop a new hospital, or expand an existing hospital, our attorneys have expertise in identifying and addressing industry-specific issues that often go unnoticed by counsel unfamiliar with the unique requirements of a veterinary practice.

Our experienced attorneys will collaborate with you to develop and implement a tailored estate plan and sound business exit strategy. Whether your goal is to prepare for retirement or make another change in your career, a successful estate plan and exit strategy will ensure an effortless transition into the next phase of your life.  Our team is committed to creating a plan that honors your legacy and protects you, your family, and your assets. The specifics of what you will need to include in your estate plan and/or exit strategy will depend on your individual circumstances, values, and goals.

Peter Tanella’s Recent Appearance on the Smarter Vet Financial Podcast: Essential Insights for Practice Owners

February 26, 2024

Peter Tanella, Esq., Chair of the National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC, recently appeared as a guest on the Smarter Vet Financial podcast by Florida Veterinary Advisors. In this episode, Peter engages in a discussion with host Tom Seeko about crucial aspects practice owners shouldn’t overlook. Tune in as they cover topics such as partnership contracts, […]

Peter Tanella, Esq. and Dennis Alessi, Esq. Co-Author Article on Telemedicine in Today’s Veterinary Business

February 1, 2024

Exciting News in Veterinary Care! The future of pet healthcare is here, and it’s going digital! Veterinary telemedicine is on the brink of explosive growth, but the big question is, are our current regulations up to the task of ensuring top-notch pet care and wider access? In the new Today’s Veterinary Business issue out today, […]

Join Us at WVC 2024: The National Veterinary Law Group Exhibiting from February 19th to 21st!

January 26, 2024

The National Veterinary Law Group is thrilled to be part of WVC 2024. Visit Peter Tanella, Esq., Justin Wade, Esq. and John DeFuria, Esq. at Booth 648 to delve into the latest in veterinary law, connect with our attorneys, and engage in insightful discussions. Hope to see you there!

The National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC to exhibit at upcoming VMX Conference in January

December 8, 2023

As 2023 is coming to an end, our National Veterinary Law Group is already gearing up to exhibit at VMX on January 13th to 17th, 2024 in Orlando. If you will be at the show, make sure to stop by Booth 1763 to say hello to Peter Tanella, Esq., Melody Block, Esq., and Eileen Funnell, […]

Peter Tanella and Eileen Funnell co-author article for Today’s Veterinary Business titled “How to Avoid a Messy Separation”

December 1, 2023

“As hospital prices cool and consolidators get cold feet, owners can protect themselves by negotiating a breakup fee.” In the latest Today’s Veterinary Business December/January issue, National Veterinary Law Group Chair, Peter Tanella, Esq. and Associate Eileen Funnell, Esq. discuss how as the consolidation landscape shifts, breakup fees will remain critical in protecting practice owners from unnecessary risk during a sale. Having […]

Peter Tanella and Brent Pohlman co-author article for Today’s Veterinary Business discussing Nondisclosure Agreements

October 17, 2023

“As a veterinary professional, you likely were presented with a document referred to as an NDA, or you discussed the need for one at some point in your career. However, not all NDAs are equal. If we dust off our copy of Black’s Law Dictionary, we see an NDA, or nondisclosure agreement, defined as “a […]

Peter Tanella to present at upcoming 2023 New York State Veterinary Conference this week

October 2, 2023

Peter Tanella, Esq., Chair of the National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC will be presenting with Christopher Roccio, DVM of Monarch Business Consulting at the New York State Veterinary Conference this week. They will be co-sponsoring and presenting a dinner on October 6th at 5:30pm titled “Selling A Veterinary Practice: Current Trends & […]

Peter Tanella to Join Panel of Industry Thought Leaders to Discuss Veterinary Practice Ownership

September 26, 2023

The thought of starting your own veterinary practice can be very overwhelming and there are many questions you need to ask. Peter Tanella, Esq., Chair of the National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC will join fellow industry thought leaders, Daron Goulette, MBA, Chris Maiorana, Jharid Pratt, CPA, MST, Rohit Malhotra, DVM, MBA, CEPA, and […]

The National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC to Exhibit at the New York Vet Show

August 29, 2023

The National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC is gearing up for a busy fall. They will be exhibiting at the New York Vet Show on November 8th and 9th at the Javits Center in New York. Make sure to stop by Booth 1313 to say hello.

The National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC to exhibit and sponsor the upcoming 2023 New York State Veterinary Conference

August 24, 2023

The National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC is proud to be a sponsor of the upcoming 2023 New York State Veterinary Conference at Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine. Practice Group Chair, Peter Tanella, Esq. and Associate Eileen Funnell, Esq. will also be exhibiting at the show. Make sure to stop by Booth […]

Peter Tanella to present at the upcoming Sustainability in Equine Practice Seminar

August 16, 2023

Peter Tanella, Esq., Chair of the National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC will be presenting at the Sustainability in Equine Practice Seminar on October 5th, 2023, in Radnor, Pennsylvania. He will discuss “Veterinary Contract Law” as well as host one-on-one sessions with attendees after the program. The Sustainability in Equine Practice Seminar and […]

Peter Tanella and Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt co-author article for Today’s Veterinary Business titled “Building a Case for Construction Counsel”

August 1, 2023

“Involving a lawyer from the start can prevent unexpected construction delays and payment disputes and create mechanisms for ensuring quality workmanship. It also sets up fair and economical dispute-resolution procedures and realistic budgets and schedules.” Peter Tanella, Esq., Chair of the National Veterinary Law Group and Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt, Esq., Chair of Construction Law at Mandelbaum […]

Peter Tanella appointed to NJSBA Animal Health, Welfare, Agriculture & Veterinary Practice Committee

June 29, 2023

Congratulations to our National Veterinary Law Group Chair, Peter Tanella, Esq. who has been appointed to serve as a member on the New Jersey State Bar Association Animal Health, Welfare, Agriculture & Veterinary Practice Committee. The work of the NJSBA committees are essential to advancing the interests of the Association, the legal profession and the […]

Peter Tanella, Esq. and Brent Pohlman, Esq. were recent guests on the Vet Worthwhile Podcast

June 8, 2023

On the latest episode of the Vet Worthwhile podcast with James Yost and Travis York, listen in as Peter Tanella, Esq., Chair of the National Veterinary Law Group and Brent Pohlman, Esq., Employment Law Partner at Mandelbaum Barrett PC discuss restrictive covenants, what changes we may see in non-competes moving forward, and how veterinarians can […]

Peter Tanella and Steven Teppler co-author article for Today’s Veterinary Business titled “Repelling Cybercriminals”

June 6, 2023

“In today’s digital age, cybersecurity is an increasingly critical issue for all businesses, including veterinary practices. The threat of cyberattacks and data breaches is an ongoing concern, and the failure to take appropriate precautions can result in significant patient care, financial, regulatory, reporting and reputational consequences.” In the new Today’s Veterinary Business June/July issue, Peter Tanella, Esq. and Steven Teppler, […]

Peter Tanella and Brent Pohlman to present a Relief Rover webinar titled “A Contract Primer for Relief Veterinarians”

April 17, 2023

Tomorrow evening, April 18th at 8pm EST, Peter Tanella, Esq., Chair of the National Veterinary Law Group and Brent Pohlman, Esq., Employment Law Partner at Mandelbaum Barrett PC are thrilled to be presenting a Relief Rover Webinar with Cindy Trice titled “A Contract Primer for Relief Veterinarians.” We will discuss an overview of the elements, clauses and terms of relief veterinarian […]

Peter Tanella, Esq. and Brent Pohlman, Esq. co-author article for Today’s Veterinary Business titled “What to Watch for in Employment Law”

April 6, 2023

Every year, legislation is enacted addressing workplace laws and regulations. Additionally, national and state government agencies renew their focus on enforcing certain employment matters. This year is no different. Peter Tanella, Esq., Chair of the National Veterinary Law Group and Brent Pohlman, Esq., Employment Law Partner at Mandelbaum Barrett PC detail the five hot-button issues that […]

Peter Tanella, Esq. is guest on “Smarter Vet Financial” podcast discussing Associate Buy-Ins

April 5, 2023

“If you have a good Associate on your team and to compete in this market, you really want to be in a position to offer some type of equity.” Peter Tanella, Esq., Chair of the National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC was recently interviewed by Tom Seeko, Co-Founder of Florida Veterinary Advisors on their “Smarter […]

Peter Tanella, Esq. to Co-Present a Peer to Peer Presentation with Chris Rocchio, DVM of Monarch Business Consulting at Fetch DVM360 Conference

March 21, 2023

Selling or purchasing a veterinary practice can be a daunting experience for a veterinarian. It is also one of the most important decisions in our professional lives. Unfortunately, veterinarians have little experience or training in this area. There are a lot of hurdles and pit falls along the way and some of them can be […]

Peter Tanella and Dennis Alessi Co-Author DSM360 Article Titled “Veterinary-Owned Management Companies: Why Not?”

February 6, 2023

How can entrepreneurial veterinarians reap benefits of a corporate practice while remaining independent? National Veterinary Law Group attorneys Peter Tanella, Esq. and Dennis J. Alessi, Esq. set out to answer that question (and others!) in their latest dvm360® article “Veterinary-Owned Management Companies: Why Not?” In the article they look at what a Management Services Organization (MSO) is and what it does, […]

Peter Tanella authors article for Today’s Veterinary Business titled “PPP Loans and Your Practice”

February 1, 2023

“PPP loans and other relief funds were critical in allowing veterinary practices to stay open and treat patients during difficult times. While many businesses are eager to put the pandemic in the past, PPP loans cannot be overlooked when a practice changes ownership.” “PPP Loans and Your Practice” are the focus of Peter Tanella, Esq.‘s Legal […]

Peter Tanella and Dennis Alessi to Present at WVC 2023

January 31, 2023

The National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC Chair Peter Tanella, Esq. and Partner Dennis J. Alessi, Esq. will be giving 2 presentations at the upcoming WVC Conference in Las Vegas on February 21st. Their first session will be “Everything You Wanted to Know About MSOs: And Why Veterinarians Should Establish Their Own” followed by “Non-Traditional Methods for […]

The National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC to Exhibit at Upcoming VMX Meeting

January 4, 2023

Our National Veterinary Law Group is gearing up for their first industry show of 2023 and looking forward to connecting with clients, colleagues, and friends. Practice Chair Peter Tanella, Esq. and associates Justin Wade, Esq. and Eileen Funnell, Esq. will be exhibiting at the VMX Meeting in Orlando, Florida from January 15th to 18th. Make […]

Peter Tanella, Esq. authors article for Today’s Veterinary Business titled “Leaving So Soon?”

December 5, 2022

“A veterinarian’s sale of a practice is a life-changing and multifaceted event. More often than not, the seller is overwhelmed by the numerous considerations suddenly in play.”  In the Today’s Veterinary Business December/January issue, Peter Tanella, Esq. uses a real-world example to discuss veterinary practice sales in his “Legal Lingo” column. “In addition to continuing […]

Peter Tanella, Esq. to present to the Michigan State University Veterinary Business Management Association

November 2, 2022

Peter Tanella, Esq., Chair of the National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC will be presenting to the Michigan State University Chapter of the Veterinary Business Management Association on Wednesday, November 16th, 2022. He will be speaking on the topics of “Employment, Start-Up & Buying a Practice Contract Red Flags/Pitfalls.”

The National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC to Exhibit at the 2022 NY Vet Show

October 26, 2022

Coming up next week on November 3rd and 4th! The National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC will be exhibiting at the US Vet Shows‘ New York Vet Show at the Javits Center. They are looking forward to connecting with industry friends and colleagues. Make sure to stop by and say hello at Booth #1313.

Peter Tanella, Esq. authors article for Today’s Veterinary Business titled “How to Forge a Healthy Workplace Culture”

October 3, 2022

“The demand for veterinary care remains strong, presenting practice owners with challenges such as short staffing, larger caseloads, reduced efficiency, and increased employee burnout and turnover. As a result, I recommend that practices focus on creating a strong staff family to ensure the hospital’s success. After all, happy employees leave favorable impressions on clients and […]

Peter Tanella will be exhibiting at the New York State Veterinary Conference at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

September 7, 2022

Peter Tanella, Esq., Chair of the National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC will be exhibiting at the New York State Veterinary Conference at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine from October 7th to 9th. At the conference, Mandelbaum Barrett PC will be co-hosting a New York State Veterinary Medical Society dinner and presentation with Monarch Business Consulting on Friday, October […]

Peter Tanella, Esq. authors article for Today’s Veterinary Business titled “How Groomer Clients Become Adversaries”

August 2, 2022

“Pets can be injured — or worse — through sheer negligence or unforeseen events. Learn to reduce the risk and your legal exposure.” Pet grooming in the United States is an $8 billion-a-year industry with untapped growth potential, especially in the veterinary profession, but it’s also ripe for mishaps and liability claims. Mandelbaum Barrett PC Veterinary […]

Peter Tanella, Esq. authors article in Today’s Veterinary Business titled “When an Infection Triggers a Lawsuit”

June 17, 2022

Peter Tanella, Esq., Chair of the National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC has authored an article in the June/July issue of Today’s Veterinary Business titled “When an Infection Triggers a Lawsuit.” The article is featured in Mr. Tanella’s regular column called “Legal Lingo” and reviews a New York court case that serves as a cautionary […]

Peter Tanella, Esq. and Dennis Alessi, Esq. Co-Author Article in Today's Veterinary Business Titled "Fair Share"

April 12, 2022

Peter Tanella, Esq., Chair of the National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC and Partner Dennis Alessi, Esq. have co-authored an article in the April/May issue of Today's Veterinary Business titled "Fair Share." The article is featured in Mr. Tanella's regular column called "Legal Lingo" and discusses how granting equity interest in a hospital is a great way to beef up employee compensation and enhance loyalty.

Peter Tanella and Dennis Alessi to present at the VHMA 2022 Virtual Legal Symposium

April 7, 2022

National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC Chair, Peter Tanella. Esq. and Partner Dennis Alessi, Esq. will be giving two presentations at the VHMA (Veterinary Hospital Managers Association) 2022 Virtual Legal Symposium on April 7th, 2022 from 1pm to 4:15pm ET.

Topics include:
Incentivizing Employees with Equity Interest – New Opportunities in Non-Traditional Methods
Everything You Wanted to Know About Management Services Organizations (MSO) (And why veterinary professionals should establish their own)

Peter Tanella is Guest Speaker on Harbor Business Experience Podcast

March 3, 2022

Peter Tanella, Esq., Chair of the National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC is thrilled to be this week's guest speaker on the Harbor Business Experience Podcast with Robert J. Trimble DVM.

If you're hoping to learn and grow in the world of practice ownership, don't forget to join the Harbor Business Experience! Once a month, Rob Trimble, DVM and the team at Harbor.vet will be taking a deep dive into the things you need to know to find success in the business side of the veterinary industry.

Peter Tanella authors article for Today's Veterinary Business titled "Stay Away, Please"

February 16, 2022

"Common in veterinary practice transactions, restrictive covenants are designed to prevent the seller from soliciting clients and competing with the buyer after the sale. Through such restrictions, buyers aim to protect themselves and ensure that the acquired business does not lose value due to the seller's re-entering the market. To fulfill those objectives, a purchase agreement's restrictive covenants should be negotiated, clearly stated, endure for a reasonable period (for example, two to five years) and be practical in geographic scope."

Chair of the National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC, Peter Tanella, Esq. authors a regular column in Today's Veterinary Business called "Legal Lingo." In the current February/March 2022 issue, his article titled "Stay Away, Please" discusses how restrictive covenants serve a critical purpose in a newly purchased clinic's continued success.

National Veterinary Law Group attorneys to attend Western Veterinary Conference

February 16, 2022

Peter Tanella, Esq., Chair of the National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC, and attorneys Melody Lins, Esq. and Justin Wade, Esq. will be attending the Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) in Las Vegas from March 6th to 9th, 2022. They are looking forward to connecting with industry friends and colleagues and will be at Booth 1351.

Congratulations to Peter Tanella, Esq. for Being Appointed to the Board of NYSAVE.

February 14, 2022

Peter is a strong animal advocate and is committed to helping the pets and the people in his community by volunteering for this great cause. NYSAVE is a non-profit organization which provides emergency funding for the veterinary care of sick or injured companion animals owned by low-income NYC residents who are unable to pay the […]

Peter Tanella authors article for Today's Veterinary Business titled "When Clients Sue"

February 8, 2022

"Empathy and communication go a long way when heading off litigation. Unfortunately, a New Jersey case shows what can happen in their absence."

Peter Tanella, Esq., Chair of the National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC is the also the "Legal Lingo" columnist for Today's Veterinary Business. In the current issue, Peter writes an article titled "When Clients Sue" where he analyzes a recent appellate case followed up with important takeaways for all Veterinarians.

Winter 2021 Veterinary Newsletter

February 15, 2021

Spring 2020 Veterinary Newsletter

May 29, 2020

Mandelbaum Barrett PC's Summer 2019 VetNews

June 7, 2019

Check out our latest issue of VetNews, a must read for the veterinary community! Read about legal issues surrounding the treatment of veterinary patients with cannabis, pets and inheritance and the opioid crisis in veterinary medicine.

Spring 2019 VetNews

March 15, 2019

Our latest issue of VetNews, a publication for the veterinary community that provides valuable articles on topics that impact your practice. In this issue you'll read about the corporatization of veterinary medicine and how to survive as an independent practice, things to consider when leaving a practice and information on the upcoming minimum wage increase in New Jersey. For more information about the Firm's Veterinary Law Practice, contact Chair Peter Tanella, Esq. at ptanella@lawfirm.ms

Peter Tanella to Speak at Bank of America Practice Solutions' "Veterinary Office Construction 101" Event

September 14, 2018

Peter Tanella, Chair of the Firm's Strategic Veterinary Counsel and Business Law Practice Groups is speaking at Bank of America Practice Solutions' "Veterinary Office Construction 101" event on October 24th in New Brunswick. This valuable seminar is for veterinarians looking to build, construct, renovate or relocate. Register by contacting dg.seminar@bac.com or calling 614.753.1603. Click here to learn more.

Mandelbaum Barrett PC's Strategic Veterinary Group Releases First Issue of VETNEWS

August 14, 2018

Mandelbaum Barrett PC's Strategic Veterinary Counsel Group, led by Peter Tanella, Esq., is excited to share the 1st issue of its new publication VETNEWS. As always, if we can be of assistance to your practice, please don't hesitate to contact us. Peter can be reached at ptanella@lawfirm.ms

Navigating the Veterinary Landscape in 2024: Key Insights for Practice Owners

January 30, 2024

As the veterinary industry continues to evolve, practice owners find themselves facing new challenges and opportunities in 2024. Staying abreast of the latest trends, technologies, and best practices is crucial for running a successful veterinary clinic. In this blog, we’ll explore the top things veterinary practice owners need to know to thrive in the ever-changing […]

Just Vetting with Peter Tanella: Guest Dr. Mark Nunez

January 3, 2024

In the latest episode of “Just Vetting”, veterinarian and former practice owner, Dr. Mark Nunez talks with Peter Tanella, Esq. about his current practice in telemedicine providing virtual veterinary care as well as working with Humane Societies in Virginia. He reflects on his career from his time as an associate to buying and eventually selling […]

Understanding the Objectives of Profit Interests

December 8, 2023

Profit interests, also known as profit-sharing or profit participation, are a form of compensation offered to veterinarian employees in addition to their base salary. These incentives are designed to align the interests of the veterinarians with the financial success of the veterinary practice or clinic. Here’s a breakdown of profit interests for veterinarian employees: 1. […]

Just Vetting with Peter Tanella: Guest Dr. Pam Bendock discusses “Fulfilling the Gap for Veterinary Care in Boston’s Back Bay”

December 5, 2023

In this episode, veterinarian and former practice owner of Back Bay Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Pam Bendock talks with Peter Tanella, Esq. about how she went from being a “Jersey Girl” growing up to opening a large, successful veterinary practice in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. She discusses that even though Boston was such a large city, […]

Unleashing the Secrets of Veterinary Associate Contracts

November 14, 2023

Many veterinarians start their careers as associates, working in established practices before potentially venturing into independent practice ownership. When entering the world of veterinary medicine, understanding associate contracts is crucial. These legal agreements set the foundation for your career, outlining your rights, responsibilities, and the terms of your employment. Let’s explore the essential aspects of […]

“Just Vetting with Peter Tanella, Esq.” with Guest: Adnan Cosar

November 7, 2023

“Why Vet Med” In this episode of “Just Vetting“, Guest Adnan Cosar tells host Peter Tanella why, although he is not a veterinarian, he has been in veterinary medicine for more than 30 years. Adnan currently owns 4 veterinary practices in Connecticut as well as owning his latest project, “Sustainable Vet Partners.”

Veterinary Law Newsletter: Volume 25

November 3, 2023

Exciting news from the National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC! Our latest newsletter is here, and it’s packed with valuable insights for the veterinary industry. In this issue, you’ll find informative articles covering non-disclosure agreements, associate buy-ins, and crucial cybersecurity and privacy practices for veterinary clinics. We’re also thrilled to showcase the achievements […]

Not-So-Spooky Tales: Navigating Veterinary Laws This Fall

October 27, 2023

As the leaves change, it’s time to cast light on the unique challenges and opportunities that the autumn breeze brings to veterinary practices. Join us as we explore the legal landscape in veterinary care this October. The Howl-o-ween Hazards – Liability and Safety With Halloween around the corner, veterinarians often encounter spooky situations with pet […]

“Just Vetting with Peter Tanella, Esq.” with Guest: Dr. Kendra Pope

October 5, 2023

Introducing our new short interview series, “Just Vetting with Peter Tanella, Esq.” where National Veterinary Law Group Chair Peter Tanella catches up with current and former clients to see how their practices are going and discuss any lessons learned to share with other veterinarians and practice owners. Make sure to check out the first episode […]

Associate Buy-Ins: Selling Your Veterinary Practice to an Associate

September 26, 2023

Selling your veterinary practice can be financially, legally, and emotionally complicated. And, while selling to an associate certainly has its benefits, there are still plenty of complications you need to be prepared for. Before you sell your practice to an employee, take the following steps to ensure a smooth transition for everyone involved. 1: Assemble […]

Associate Buy-Ins: Buying Your Employer’s Veterinary Practice

September 22, 2023

While it may seem like more and more veterinary practices are being purchased by corporate groups, there are still many privately owned practices… and many veterinarians who are interested in practice ownership. If you love the privately owned practice where you work as an associate and have dreams of one day being a business owner […]

Safeguarding Client Information: 5 Essential Cybersecurity and Privacy Measures for Veterinary Practices

September 7, 2023

In an era where technology permeates every aspect of business, ensuring the confidentiality and security of client data has become a paramount concern for veterinary practices. The digital age has brought with it numerous benefits, but it has also opened the doors to new threats and vulnerabilities. Just as you diligently care for animals, it’s […]

Veterinary Non-Competes: A Legal Update

August 24, 2023

The veterinary industry has been abuzz about non-compete agreements (NCAs) for some time now. Should they be used? Should they go away? Are they enforceable? This is obviously a controversial topic, and it’s evolving quickly. As attorneys, we can’t advocate for or against NCAs, but we can provide an update so you understand recent legal […]

Veterinary Law Newsletter: Volume 24

July 11, 2023

The National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC is pleased to bring you their latest newsletter. This issue provides a wide range of articles addressing the industry staffing shortage, cyber threats, construction management and risk management.  We are also proud to spotlight CodaPet, the Veterinary Medical Association of New York City and the upcoming […]

OFFERING EQUITY: HOW TO MAXIMIZE INCENTIVES AND REWARDS IN VETERINARY PRACTICE OWNERSHIP

July 6, 2023

Introduction As the veterinary industry continues to evolve, practices are seeking innovative ways to attract and retain talented professionals. Equity interests, such as employee stock options and profits interests, have emerged as compelling forms of compensation. In this article, we delve into the two primary methods used to grant equity to veterinarians: Employee Stock Option […]

Your Veterinary Practice Has Been Breached – Now What?

June 28, 2023

Preventing (and Responding to) Data Breaches: What Veterinary Practices Need to Know Technology continues to revolutionize various industries, and the veterinary field is no exception. With the integration of digital systems, electronic health records, and online communication, veterinary practices have become vulnerable to cyber threats. The importance of cybersecurity in veterinary practices cannot be overstated. […]

Building or Renovating a Vet Hospital? – The Importance of Construction Project Management

June 20, 2023

Whether renovating existing space or building a new veterinary hospital, using a professional construction manager (“CM”) on your veterinary hospital project increases the potential for successful project completion – on time, within budget and free of financial or legal complications. Construction management is a professional service to oversee the planning, design, and construction of a […]

Veterinarians and The Law: A Risk Management Primer

May 12, 2023

There are many reasons for wanting to become a veterinarian. An abiding love for animals,  warm memories of a family veterinarian, or simply continuing a family tradition are among the many motivating factors that compel someone to dedicate their lives to helping and serving members of the animal community. However, like all medical professionals, veterinarians […]

Veterinary Law Newsletter: Volume 23

March 23, 2023

Our National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC is excited to release our latest newsletter. In addition to important industry hot topics and recent events, we are excited to spotlight Symbios Animal Health, Patterson Veterinary University and BlackDVM Network in this issue. Read the newsletter here.

Equity Incentives for Practice Owners

March 17, 2023

Over the course of the last decade, veterinary practices have increasingly been acquired by corporate buyers. This new trend means more and more veterinarians own equity (stock) in a large company, instead of full ownership in their own practice (or ownership split among two or three partners). But the concept of holding a stake in […]

Contracts Every Veterinary Business Should Review or Update Now

February 28, 2023

Even the most conscientious business owners usually don’t spend a lot of time reviewing contracts. You might focus on a new sales contract when you land a client or look over the terms of a vendor agreement if you’re making a large purchase. But most people spend their time actually running their business. Veterinary practices […]

What to Consider Before You Start Your Own Veterinary Practice

January 30, 2023

Most new veterinarians begin their careers as associates supporting a more experienced practitioner for several years. Over time many go on to start their own practice — an exciting milestone professionally and personally. While most veterinarians will wait until they are confident regarding their medical skills, it’s important to realize that the business aspects of […]

National Veterinary Law Group Newsletter: Volume 22

January 3, 2023

As we get ready to close out 2022 and start 2023, we are pleased to bring you our National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC‘s End of Year Newsletter. In this issue, Chair Peter Tanella, Esq. and the Veterinary Law Team bring you articles on hot topics such as “What Does it Mean to Hire the […]

Selling your Veterinary Practice: Improving your Chances for a Successful Closing

December 20, 2022

Veterinary business is big business. In 2019, the U.S. veterinary business was estimated at $51.3 billion. By 2021, the second year of the pandemic, the market had grown to $58.3 billion. Increased pet ownership and more frequent visits to veterinarians were two major reasons for the growth. At the same time, the corporatization of veterinary […]

Veterinarians Are Employers, too; How to Recruit and Retain Employees in the New Economy

November 28, 2022

The last few years have tremendously altered our lives. A pandemic not seen in our lifetimes, an ongoing war in Ukraine, and social and political shifts in the United States and elsewhere have impacted everything from where we live to how we shop. And the “Great Resignation,” which saw some 47 million workers quit their […]

VetChecks: Q&A with a First-Time Veterinary Practice Buyer

November 23, 2022

All veterinarians seeking to open their first practice must address the same preliminary, yet pivotal consideration on their road to practice ownership: “how do I go about opening my own practice?” On one hand, some first-time practice owners elect for the traditional start-up route, building the practice and its client base from the ground up. […]

HOW TO RETAIN YOUR VETERINARIANS AND STAFF WHEN SELLING YOUR VETERINARY PRACTICE

November 15, 2022

Reliable veterinarians and veterinary support staff are an important part of running a successful veterinary practice. These employees are the backbone of your business, and there is often a strong bond among the team that works together to run a practice. The team learns to do things a certain way and losing any member of […]

What Does It Mean to Hire the Right Veterinary Lawyer?

September 26, 2022

The old saying “a rose is a rose is a rose” does not apply to attorneys. And for good reason! Although an attorney should have a general working knowledge of several areas of law, no one legal practitioner can or should claim to be experienced in all industries. This is one of the many reasons […]

What Should Veterinary Businesses Know About the New Ban on Forced Arbitration of Employee Sexual Abuse Claims?

June 17, 2022

There is a general belief that arbitration favors employers and large businesses. However, an important change in the law, backed by bipartisan support, has advanced employee rights significantly by increasing their access to courts for certain claims. Specifically, the new law affects an employer’s ability to enforce an arbitration agreement and handle sexual harassment/assault claims […]

The First-Time Practice Owner

March 24, 2022

Today’s Veterinary Business October 2020 By Peter H. Tanella Starting a veterinary practice is an exciting endeavor for any clinician, but trials and tribulations are a normal part of the process. I’ve found that the following seven steps will help establish the foundation for a successful start-up. 1. Develop an Airtight Business Plan Creating a […]

Do I Really Need a Partnership Agreement for My Veterinary Business?

March 23, 2022

The key question here is: "do I need a partnership agreement if I am going into business with my veterinary partner?" Many veterinary business partners who form a legal entity under which they will operate their practice decide not to adopt a partnership agreement to save on expenses early in the life of their practice. Here, the term "partnership agreement" is being used generally to refer to an agreement between the owners of a veterinary business. Excited by the prospects of a new business and all the opportunities they foresee, the partners also believe there is no time to waste; they are convinced that negotiating a partnership agreement will slow their momentum and create unnecessary legal obstacles. Like many people they think "what could possibly go wrong if we operate our company without a partnership agreement?" The right answer: "Lots of things could go wrong" and this one decision could lead to significant financial consequences, not to mention the mental stress of a dispute among partners.

What are you selling? Regulatory Considerations for Veterinary Practices Selling Dietary Supplements for Animals

March 16, 2022

With integrative veterinary care becoming increasingly common, many veterinarians are utilizing dietary supplements and prescribing them to their patients for a variety of different reasons. Naturally, many veterinary practices may want to streamline the treatment process by selling dietary supplements and other over the counter ("OTC") products directly to their patients. While this seems like a routine progression, it is important for veterinarians and veterinary practice owners to understand how these products are regulated, in order to ensure they maintain compliance in marketing and selling products from their practice.

Four Employment Law Issues Small Business Owners Need to Be Aware of in 2022

March 1, 2022

1) Marijuana Use by Employees: While the federal government is not going to legalize recreational marijuana, states and local jurisdictions continue to propose and pass legislation that addresses decriminalization of marijuana, recognition of medical marijuana use and legalization of recreational marijuana. Currently 34 states permit medical use of cannabis products, and 18 states and the Washington D.C. permit recreational use of marijuana. The laws in some of these states prohibit employers from taking adverse action against an employee.

New Trends in Pet Ownership: Pandemic Pups and a "Return to Normalcy"

February 18, 2022

For over two years Americans have continuously grappled with the unprecedented economic and social uncertainties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. While each individual was forced to face their own unique trials and challenges, many sought to cope with the ongoing isolation in a similar fashion: pets and companionship. Since the start of the pandemic, more than 23 million American households have welcomed new pets into their homes, nearly 1 in every 5 nationwide. As a result, American pet ownership has reached an all-time high, with household ownership rates exceeding 70% for the first time in U.S. history. This extraordinary surge in animal ownership has been accompanied by a significant uptick in pet-related spending. In 2020 alone, total pet spending in the U.S. reached nearly $84 billion, a 6.8% increase from the previous year, with expenditures on pet food, training, supplies, veterinary expenses, and more all experiencing considerable increases.

Key Terms You Should Know When Buying or Selling a Veterinary Practice

February 18, 2022

It may be your first time buying or selling a veterinary practice. During this process, you will undoubtedly stumble upon terms that are unfamiliar to you and admittedly confusing. While learning all the terminology and legal jargon of the mergers and acquisitions industry should not be your goal, it is important that you understand the meaning of some key terms that will help you confidently navigate the course of buying or selling a veterinary practice.

Below we have compiled a number of key terms which will likely rear their head at some point in the acquisition process. We have condensed the meaning of these terms and organized them in a way that should follow the natural progression of a veterinary practice transaction. However, please be mindful that transactions are driven by the parties and their unique needs. Therefore, this is not an exhaustive glossary of words or issues that arise, but rather a sampling of terms practice owners and buyers will likely encounter during the sale.

9 Items to Consider When Contemplating the Sale of Your Veterinary Practice

October 27, 2021

For many veterinary practice owners, aspirations of selling your practice may be tempered by the unknowns of the acquisition process. Even when the circumstances of a potential sale are ideal, unfamiliarity with the market and sale procedures can lead to hesitancy. While timidity toward the unknown is certainly justifiable, owners should not let it stop them from becoming a participant in the rapidly growing market for veterinary practice acquisitions. While each veterinary practice sale is unique in its own right, there are also a number of procedural commonalities that appear in nearly every deal.

Can My Practice Enforce A Non-Competition Agreement?

October 27, 2021

The enforceability of non-competition agreements (NCAs) has been a hot topic in many industries since President Biden issued his July 9, 2021 Executive Order. The Executive Order does not bar or even limit NCAs. Rather it is a directive to the Federal Trade Commission to analyze the issues surrounding NCAs and promulgate rules. Although the media has framed this section of the Executive Order as seeking to ban non-competition agreements in employment contracts, the plain language of the Order makes clear that the Administration at this time is seeking to target what it feels are "unfair" uses of NCAs that "unfairly" limit worker mobility.

A "Paw"tionary Tale: Construction Counsel Can Save You Time and Money When Building or Renovating

October 22, 2021

We recently represented a veterinarian client in a construction contract dispute. He had contracted with a very sophisticated builder to build a brand-new veterinary hospital. He was a solo, and had a well-established, but relatively small practice. In the course of growing his practice and taking it to the next level, our client determined to build a new ground up facility. He contacted a reputable builder which held itself out as very experienced in this specialized type of construction. The builder developed a three- part program, with several different contracts governing each phase of the project. Our client signed the contracts and invested over $100,000 in preliminary budget discussions and design concept meetings. Our client told the builder that his budget was $ 4 million.

When Pet Owners File Litigation against Veterinarians, It's Rarely over Money

October 20, 2021

As if running a business isn't hard enough, veterinarians often worry about getting sued for malpractice or negligence. One reason to be fearful is obvious – a well-publicized lawsuit can quickly ruin a veterinarian's career and practice. Another reason to be fearful is less obvious – absolutely no one in the world, not even an attorney, can predict the outcome of a lawsuit with perfect certainty. That's because the outcome of litigation depends on many factors, including the facts and circumstances of the case, the personal ideology of judges and juries, and the type of lawsuit brought by a pet owner. To illustrate that point, and uncover a few best practices you can follow to safeguard against lawsuits, let's dive into a recent appellate case in New Jersey.

Potential Capital Gains Rate Increase May Supercharge the Veterinary M&A Market

August 17, 2021

At certain points in time, there have been unique windows of opportunity, where market factors have driven veterinary practice valuations upward. For example, in 2012, America approached a fiscal cliff, due in large part to George W. Bush’s expiring tax cuts. If Congress and President Obama failed to act, which it appeared they might, it […]

Employee Handbooks for Veterinary Practices

August 4, 2021

A handbook is an important resource that every veterinary practice should have, whether it has five, 25, or 50 employees. That's because the key to healthy relationships between employers and employees is clear and consistent communication.

Mut Do's If Thinking of Selling

June 22, 2021

The purchase or sale of a veterinary practice can be an overwhelming journey. Even seasoned clinicians will encounter numerous potholes — emotional, financial and legal issues — on the road to closing what in many cases can be a multimillion-dollar transaction. Here are eight gaffes that frequently occur in the veterinary world and suggestions for […]

When Wil I Get My COVID-19 Vaccination?

February 24, 2021

The FDA began issuing COVID-19 vaccines in December. With distribution determined by “phase” classifications, many members of the veterinary industry have been left wondering when their vaccines will be made available. Vaccination distribution plans have been primarily left at the discretion of state governments, thus resulting in some differences from one state to the next. […]

Fair And Square

February 2, 2021

Today’s Veterinary Business February 2021 By Peter H. Tanella Federal antitrust laws are discussed when transactions between corporate titans are in the news, such as the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. Such laws, however, are the foundation of modern American capitalism and a subject that veterinary businesses need to understand, at least in principle. In […]

The Last Word

December 5, 2020

Today’s Veterinary Business December 2020 By Peter H. Tanella Many practice owners require associate veterinarians to sign employment agreements that include arbitration provisions. One reason is that arbitration is generally touted as a good way for an employer to avoid the financial risk associated with taking litigation to a jury trial. That said, arbitration is […]

Selling Your Practice In A COVID Market

August 3, 2020

Today’s Veterinary Business August 2020 By Peter H. Tanella So, you’ve decided to sell your veterinary practice after a lifetime of hard work, but the COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally impacted the process. From new contractual provisions and buyer financing delays to due diligence issues, you’ve encountered numerous roadblocks. However, with better planning and the right […]

Succeed With A Succession Plan

June 3, 2020

Today’s Veterinary Business June 2020 By Peter H. Tanella One of the most challenging exercises that veterinarians go through is planning for what will happen to their business if they die unexpectedly or become disabled. Emotional considerations and the stress of detailing a future business transaction can cloud the process. Unfortunately, COVID-19 highlighted the importance […]

Veterinary Telemedicine Options During and Beyond COVID-19

May 15, 2020

On March 24, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suspended temporarily the enforcement of certain regulations governing veterinarian-client-patient relationships (VCPRs), a move that helps veterinarians examine and treat animals using telemedicine, while limiting human interaction and the potential spread of COVID-19. This is welcome news if you’re considering telemedicine for your practice, but […]

Life After COVID-19: Preparing to Reopen Your Veterinary Practice

May 15, 2020

Stay at home orders and social distancing may be the current norm, but eventually businesses will re-open and gradually come back to life. In the rush to return to normal, veterinary practices must carefully plot the safest and smoothest path forward. In this article, we address many of the issues veterinary practice owners need to […]

Beware The Evergreen Clause

April 2, 2020

Today’s Veterinary Business April 2020 By Peter H. Tanella Veterinarians will enter into dozens of contractual relationships throughout their professional careers. They can reasonably expect to sign employment agreements, purchase orders, client payment and IT service contracts, property and equipment leases, real estate deals, and so on. The paperwork can vary in sophistication and complexity, […]

When Should Veterinarians Consider Forming a Management Services Organization?

March 12, 2020

A Management Services Organization Adds a Layer of Structural Complexity to a Veterinary Practice but Offers Non-Veterinarians and Even Family Members the Opportunity to Reap the Financial Rewards Veterinarians, investors and executives who want to form a management services organization (MSO) often do so without fully exploring the reasons. One revolutionary change in the veterinary industry […]

At Your Service

February 1, 2020

Veterinarians, investors and executives who want to form a management services organization (MSO) often do so without fully exploring the reasons. One revolutionary change in the veterinary industry over the last decade was heightened interest in MSOs, which resulted in a lot of newer market entrants, including, but not limited to, private equity.

Close The Deal

December 3, 2019

Today’s Veterinary Business December 2019 By Peter H. Tanella Managing your veterinary practice can be overwhelming, but protecting your business is of the utmost importance. That’s why having a solid employment agreement with an associate veterinarian — one delineating pay and responsibilities — is critical. For an employment agreement to be enforceable, what need to […]

Avoiding Malpractice Liability

October 6, 2019

Avoiding Malpractice Liability: A Guideline for Veterinary Practices What is Veterinary Malpractice? Veterinarians are regulated by state board of examiners and a few governmental agencies, such as the DEA and OSHA. Veterinary malpractice refers to a situation where a veterinarian has failed to meet the reasonable standard of care when providing healthcare to an animal. […]

Surviving the Corporatization of Veterinary Medicine as an Independent Practice

October 5, 2019

Surviving the Corporatization of Veterinary Medicine as an Independent Practice While the veterinary industry remains comparatively fragmented to other parts of health care, the area has seen substantial consolidation over the last five years. The consolidation has largely been led by Mars, Inc., who are considered by many to be the lone strategic buyer in […]

Maximizing your "Paw"-Fits

October 4, 2019

Maximizing your “Paw”-Fits: Structuring Your Veterinary Practice the Right Way Choosing the right business structure for a veterinary practice is a vital decision that can have significant consequences for the future of your practice. If a veterinarian selects the wrong structure, it can cost their business a significant amount of money. Choosing a correct business […]

A Handshake Isn't Enough

August 2, 2019

Today’s Veterinary Business August 2019 By Peter H. Tanella After extensive deliberations, you take a leap of faith and decide to dive into a veterinary practice partnership. While excitement compels you to rush into the venture, taking a step back to evaluate the implications and properly structure the business arrangement will greatly benefit you and […]

A Guide on the Upcoming Minimum Wage Increases in New Jersey

July 1, 2019

In early January, Governor Phil Murphy and Democratic leaders of the Legislature struck a deal that would raise the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour in New Jersey. On Monday, February 4, Governor Murphy followed through on his campaign promise, signing the legislation that will increase the state’s minimum wage over the next few years.[1] […]

Legal Issues Surrounding the Treatment of Veterinary Patients with Cannabis

June 30, 2019

Pot for Spot?: Legal Issues Surrounding the Treatment of Veterinary Patients with Cannabis California has become the first state to give veterinarians the legal protection to discuss medicinal cannabis as a form of animal treatment, but the question is should other states follow suit? Under federal law cannabis is strictly illegal and is considered a […]

Independent Contractor or Employee

June 29, 2019

Independent Contractor or Employee: What’s the Difference? It’s a vexing question for practice owners: How do you classify a potential new veterinarian who is joining your practice? Is the veterinarian an independent contractor or an employee? The misclassification of an employee as an independent contractor can result in serious financial ramifications, including taxes, fines, and […]

Opioid Epidemic

June 28, 2019

When Two-Legged Epidemics Reach Our Four- Legged Friends: Veterinarians and the Opioid Crisis It is common knowledge that an opioid epidemic has been sweeping the nation, but many veterinarians do not realize that they have a responsibility to help curve the abuse of pain medication in their practice. Opioids are extremely powerful pain-relieving medications, that […]

What to Consider When Leaving a Veterinary Practice

June 26, 2019

The Veterinary Divorce: The Considerations When Leaving a Veterinary Practice While departing from a veterinary practice may seem like a trivial task, it can often be a complex decision and process. When dealing with a “veterinary divorce”, both parties should engage in careful considerations to protect both the clients and the veterinarians.  This article will […]

Mandelbaum Barrett PC's Summer 2019 VetNews

June 7, 2019

Check out our latest issue of VetNews, a must read for the veterinary community! Read about legal issues surrounding the treatment of veterinary patients with cannabis, pets and inheritance and the opioid crisis in veterinary medicine.

Spring 2019 VetNews

March 15, 2019

Our latest issue of VetNews, a publication for the veterinary community that provides valuable articles on topics that impact your practice. In this issue you'll read about the corporatization of veterinary medicine and how to survive as an independent practice, things to consider when leaving a practice and information on the upcoming minimum wage increase in New Jersey. For more information about the Firm's Veterinary Law Practice, contact Chair Peter Tanella, Esq. at ptanella@lawfirm.ms

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Veterinary Deal Alert: The National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC Facilitates Multi-Faceted Transaction for Pennsylvania Veterinary Practice

February 20, 2024

Recently, members of our National Veterinary Law Group, including Peter Tanella, Esq., Maria Groeneveld, Esq. and Eileen Funnell, Esq., finished a three-part transaction for owners of a Pennsylvania veterinary practice looking to buy out one of the existing practice owners, form a management services organization (MSO), and bring their practice manager on as an owner […]

Deal Alert: Our National Veterinary Law Group Worked with a Client on the Purchase of a Veterinary Practice Under Extremely Short Timeframe to Avoid Increased Interest Rates

October 31, 2022

In October 2022, members of our National Veterinary Law Group including Peter Tanella, Esq., Melody M. Lins, Esq., Eileen Funnell, Esq., and Alan Freeman, Esq. worked with a client on the purchase of a veterinary practice under an extremely short timeframe in order to avoid increased interest rates. In a span of only 18 days from the execution […]

Land Use Alert: Michael J. Lipari, a member of Mandelbaum Barrett PC’s Land Use and Zoning Law and Veterinary Law practice groups, recently secured another Use Variance Approval, allowing a client to open a brand new doggie daycare. 

March 31, 2022

Mr. Lipari recently secured Use Variance, Bulk Variance and Site Plan Approval from a Zoning Board in Essex County for a doggy daycare, pet spa and boarding facility, allowing it to open and operate in an area zoned strictly for retail use.  As a result of Mr. Lipari’s efforts, our client cleared the biggest hurdle […]

Land Use Alert: Michael J. Lipari, a member of Mandelbaum Barrett PC’s Land Use and Zoning Law and Veterinary Law practice groups, recently secured another Site Plan Approval to allow the firm’s client to open a brand new 15,000 sq. ft. veterinary hospital. 

March 28, 2022

Mr. Lipari represented a client before a Planning Board in Morris County and obtained Site Plan and Variance Approval to allow the client permission to open a 24/7 emergency veterinary hospital with an onsite mobile MRI unit. As a result of Mr. Lipari’s efforts, our client will be able to provide these much needed specialty […]

Deal Alert: Members of our National Veterinary Law Group worked with a client on the sale of his veterinary practice under an extremely short timeframe. 

March 14, 2022

In a span of only 18 days, our team was engaged to negotiate and close the deal. Our client sold his South Carolina veterinary practice, which operated in two locations, to a corporate consolidator for a total enterprise value equal to more than $5,000,000. Once engaged, our team immediately conducted extensive financial and legal diligence and negotiated […]

Deal Alert: Attorneys who are part of our National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC recently represented a start-up veterinary hospital client in the acquisition and financing of a building in Monmouth County.

February 24, 2022

We are excited for the client’s next steps which include renovating the interior of the space to become a state-of-the-art facility.

  • Exceptional Experience with Mandelbaum Barrett PC and Mr. Peter Tanella:

    I recently had the pleasure of working with Mandelbaum Barrett PC, specifically with Mr. Peter Tanella, on the sale of a veterinary practice. Having dealt with other legal firms in the past without ever achieving complete satisfaction, my experience with this firm was truly outstanding.

    Mr. Peter Tanella and his associates exhibited a level of efficiency and professionalism that surpassed my expectations. Throughout the negotiation process, they demonstrated a keen understanding of the intricacies involved in the sale, ultimately securing for us a solid and favorable deal. What truly set this firm apart was their field experience in handling transactions of this nature. As the deal progressed and encountered the typical last-minute challenges, Mandelbaum Barrett PC showcased their excellence in resolving issues promptly and satisfactorily.

    I was impressed by the seamless handling of all the back-and-forth, and their commitment to ensuring a successful conclusion to the deal. This level of dedication and expertise is a testament to the quality of service provided by Mr. Peter Tanella and his team.

    In conclusion, I wholeheartedly recommend Mandelbaum Barrett PC, especially Mr. Peter Tanella, for anyone seeking legal assistance in similar matters. Their efficiency, professionalism, and commitment to client satisfaction make them a standout choice in the legal field.

    Tony Miele, DVM
  • I had the pleasure of working with Peter Tanella and Phil Mackson and the team at Mandelbaum for the sale of my veterinary practice. It was evident from the first phone call that the team was sharp and focused on the client experience. Throughout the process, I found them responsive, caring and well versed in their trade. They didn’t need to search for answers, as they had them all. The feeling of security and confidence their skills imparted took away the stress of the sale, allowing me to focus on caring for my team and myself during this big life transition. And in the end, when things got a bit sticky with a third party landlord, they were calm, attentive and understanding. I couldn’t imagine going through this without them. They truly were the best. If there’s a need for guided, knowledgeable and compassionate counsel, they are your team.

    Pam Bendock, VMD
  • Mandelbaum Barrett PC helped us with our veterinary practice purchase and they were amazing at helping us navigate all the legal issues and paperwork. They were very helpful and detailed oriented throughout the whole process. They were also very prompt and continue to be very prompt with responses to questions. We still email with any legal questions we may have and get a very thorough and quick reply. We continue to enjoy working with them and highly recommend them.

    Taylorsville Vet Clinic
  • We have known others that went into corporate negotiations with their personal lawyer only to realize that a specialist in the Veterinary industry, such as Peter Tanella, Esq. and the team at NVLG was needed. You will love this firm. They’ve been nothing short of miraculous.

    Bob Brust, DVM and Alyssa Brust, DVM
  • We are very grateful to Mandelbaum Barrett PC for their counsel during our recent veterinary hospital acquisition. Not only were they incredibly knowledgeable and answered all our questions promptly, but we were always made to feel as though they had enough time for us even when given very short notice.

    Jeffrey Barrow, DVM and Donna Barrow
  • I was referred to Peter Tanella by a colleague to facilitate the sale of my practice. Peter and his team’s experience in veterinary buy-sell transactions was invaluable. He kept the sales process moving forward at all times and the closing occurred on schedule without a hitch. I have recommended Peter’s firm to other colleagues and will continue to do so.

    Charles Dolin, DVM
  • One of the things I appreciate most about the National Veterinary Law Group is how responsive they are. When I reach out for help, I know I will get a response in short order.

    Eric Boshoven, DVM
  • I felt like I had a whole team on my side, each person with a different area of expertise, which is very important when you’re trying to get the best deal possible and also protect yourself legally.

    Brian Abraham, DVM
  • Peter Tanella helped me to sell my professional practice. My accountant recommended him, and it was the best advice he ever gave me.

    A.P. Scriffignano, DVM
  • I am writing to say what a positive experience I had working with Peter Tanella and Justin Wade at Mandelbaum Barrett PC. I was impressed by their knowledge and confidence from our first interaction. They provided invaluable guidance in the sale of my veterinary practice. Peter and Justin’s professionalism, courtesy, and efficiency were absolutely exemplary. I have rarely encountered individuals of this caliber in my professional life, and I recommend them without reservation.

    Dirk DeRolf, DVM
  • I will never be able to express enough gratitude to Peter and Melody. From the moment I met Peter at VMX one year ago it was clear he wanted to help people in the veterinary industry. Without any prior knowledge of going through the practice buying process he and Melody were there every step of the way providing guidance. I never had one doubt they had my best interest in mind the entire time and were always the calm voice through any adversity I faced. I highly recommend Peter and his entire team.

    Emily Shiver, CVPM, CCFP, CVBL
  • When you are getting ready to close the most important business deal of your life, you need a legal team with expertise, breadth, and the ability to think on its feet.

    MB gave us that, and a lot more. Our representatives had experience with our new partners, were familiar with their protocols and culture, knew their guys well, and were able to advocate for us while keeping the proceedings pleasant and moving forward. The very few bumps we encountered were dealt with by in-house counsel, which saved time, lowered our pressure, and provided flexibility and nimbleness. The fees came in under the quote which was a nice moment. The sale closed in a timely manner, with a lot of fillips that benefited us. Worried phone calls were returned briskly and worries were allayed. Can’t think of how they could have done better by us.

    Ellen Friedman, DVM and Vic Dasaro, DVM
  • Peter Tanella and his entire team have been amazing to us! We were new to the concept of opening a practice and they have all been extremely patient, informative, and supportive. They are always willing to pick up the phone and guide us through our issues. Cannot recommend highly enough from the perspective of a veterinary practice owner!

    Kira Purdon, DVM, CVA and Ashley Beard, DVM, CCRT
  • When we first considered entering into a partnership with another company we were referred to Mandelbaum Barrett PC, specifically Peter Tanella. From our first encounter Peter made us feel very at ease. He explained what we should expect to transpire over the course of the next few months and what his and our roles would be throughout the transaction. He was very professional, knowledgeable and compassionate, as he could see that we were quite apprehensive.

    Throughout the process he and his associates Maria and John provided us with invaluable guidance, advice and assistance. They always made themselves available to answer any of our multitude of questions and consistently responded in a timely manner. They made,what could have been, a harrowing experience much more tolerable.
    We were very pleased with their services and would highly recommend them to anyone who is in need of any legal services.

    Flanders Veterinary Clinic
  • Peter Tanella and Maria Groenveld are top-notch attorneys. From our initial conversation, they consistently demonstrated an exceptional level of dedication and commitment ensuring the best outcome for me with zero pressure. They have a deep understanding of the veterinary industry and guided me with outstanding communication. Without hesitation, I would 100% recommend them.

    Bruce Levinston, DVM
  • Peter Tanella and his team at Mandelbaum were invaluable for us during the practice purchase process. It was actually Peter’s advice during our initial consultation that led to us being able to do a full practice purchase as opposed to a partial buy-in. Then his team continued to be responsive and easy to communicate with throughout the complicated purchase. Their experience with these transactions was obvious and we felt confident in their negotiations and contract handling.

    Salina Locke, DVM, Diplomate Avian, CertAqV
  • As an equine veterinarian needing help going through the process of buying a practice, I was so grateful for Peter Tanella’s guidance in making a very complicated process go as smoothly as it could. I appreciated that he was familiar with equine practice and his team’s responsiveness to my questions. Since going through my practice purchase in 2015, he has either answered by questions or directed me to his colleagues when I had other legal questions. From my recommendation, Peter has also helped several of my equine veterinarian colleagues and they have been happy with their experiences. I highly recommend Peter Tanella and Mandelbaum Barrett PC.

    Amelie McAndrews, DVM, DAVDC - Equine
  • Mandelbaum Barrett PC has been excellent. Their experience in the veterinary sector and healthcare regulations have been invaluable. We look forward to a long relationship! – Codapet

    Eddie Lou - Codapet

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Why Choose Us

The National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC is committed to providing you with legal expertise and personalized support throughout your professional and individual journey. Here is why our practice stands out:

Veterinary Law Experience You Can Trust

Our team is comprised of experienced, dynamic, and well-respected legal professionals who bring a wealth of knowledge in veterinary law. This ensures that you receive the latest and most accurate advice tailored to your situation, delivered with compassion and understanding.

Customized Solutions for Veterinarians

Recognizing that each veterinarian’s situation is distinct, our attorneys work closely with you to understand your specific goals and concerns. This ensures that the solutions we craft are custom-tailored to your needs and reflect your and your business’s individual circumstances.

Clear and Comprehensive Documents

Legal documents can be complex in the veterinary space, but we pride ourselves on drafting agreements that are both legally robust and easy to understand. We will work closely with you to ensure that your agreements are enforceable and tailored to your goals.

Service-Centered Culture

Since our law firm’s founding in 1930, we have held ourselves to the highest standard of ethics and professionalism and truly believe in the work that we do for our clients. Much like the veterinarians we serve, we care about our clients’ needs and go to great lengths to advance their interests with excellence, enthusiasm, and integrity.

Our 360 Degree Approach

Our team of attorneys has extensive experience representing veterinarians, veterinary practices, and animal care professionals in all facets of their legal affairs. Our industry experience spans practice areas such as employment counseling, construction law, land use, not-for-profits, commercial litigation, taxation, intellectual property and brand management, cybersecurity, bankruptcy, immigration, and banking and financial services. Further, our law firm is invested in our clients’ personal matters, and we regularly help individuals achieve their personal objectives in the areas of wills, trusts and estates, tax planning, elder law, matrimonial and family law matters, special needs planning, and education law.

Helping Veterinarians Across the US

In compliment to the law firm’s full-service platform, we also can offer national reach. Mandelbaum Barrett PC is a member of the global Primerus legal network, allowing us to access the most reputable legal counsel throughout all areas of the country for legal matters requiring specific local insight. The National Veterinary Law Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC will remain by your side regarding any legal need, regardless of location.

By choosing our team to work alongside you, you are making a decision backed by decades of experience, unwavering dedication, and a commitment to your unique needs. We are here to guide you with empathy and expertise, ensuring the best possible outcomes for you and your veterinary business.

We work closely with veterinarians, consultants, and management companies in all fields, including companion and large animal, specialists, emergency and urgent care, exotics, and more.