The Lawyers Guide to Animal Law
The Lawyers Guide to Animal Law



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Course Description

This program was recorded on April 24, 2018

This course is intended as an introduction to Animal Law. How animals are regarded under the law, the owner’s liability for their actions, an injured person’s right to recovery, and how much the recovery may be, will be covered. Veterinary malpractice will be discussed, as will exotic pets, shelters, Animal Control, Law Enforcement, and Agricultural enterprises. Custody issues, service and assistance animals, criminal offenses, estate planning, transportation, and buying and selling will be addressed.

Attorney Thomas NichollThomas Nicholl
Thomas Nicholl is both an attorney and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated from Veterinary School in 1975 and has practiced for over 20 years. He also holds a law degree and practices in the Central Florida area. He is a former State of Florida Prosecutor with extensive trial experience, and is licensed with the Florida Bar Association as well as being a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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  1. Animal law in general, and how animals are viewed in law
    1. Property
    2. Sentient beings
    3. Consumer protection and other statutory acts
    4. Changing trends
  2. Animal causing harm to others
    1. Your animal
    2. Not your animal, but the animal still does harm
    3. You get harmed by someone else’s animal
    4. Inherently dangerous
    5. Equine activities
    6. Mitigating factors
  3. Veterinary malpractice
    1. Plaintiff
    2. Defendant
  4. Damages
    1. Economic
    2. Non-economic
    3. Ancillary expenses
    4. Impact Rule
  5. Shelters
  6. Animal Control / Services
    1. Dangerous dogs
    2. Abandoned animals
  7. Custody
    1. Replevin
    2. Domestic disputes
  8. Animal Cruelty / Neglect
  9. Hoarding
  10. Service animals
    1. “Seeing eye” and equivalents
    2. Assistance
    3. Emotional support
  11. Estate planning
    1. Wills
    2. Trusts
    3. Pet Protection
  12. Transport
    1. Species
    2. Intrastate, interstate, international
  13. Buying / selling
    1. Pets
    2. Veterinary Practices, kennels, grooming
  14. Contracts
  15. Case law