Douglas C. Jack  


Executive Summary

Douglas Jack brings close to 30 years experience to corporate, commercial and administrative law matters in his capacity as a partner in our Toronto office.  He is regularly involved in mergers and acquisitions, secured financing, commercial governance agreements, regulatory compliance issues and the defence of professionals in complaints and discipline matters.

VetLaw LogoUnder his leadership, BLG is the only national law firm providing dedicated legal services to the veterinary profession.  Doug provides helpful advice to veterinarians with respect to the purchase and sale of a practice, equipment leasing, employment law matters including employment contracts and wrongful dismissal, risk management strategies, practice governance including shareholder and partnership agreements and implementing effective strategies for responding to professional complaints and discipline proceedings.  In addition, Doug offers guidance on estate planning matters for members of the veterinary profession.

Given the unique nature of his practice area, Doug is a highly sought-after speaker at veterinary conferences throughout the world addressing the legal issues of veterinary practice management and veterinary ethics.  Annually, Doug teaches a course in veterinary jurisprudence at four veterinary colleges in Canada.

AgriLex LogoSimilarly Doug is well-known for serving the agricultural community having been born, raised and continuing to reside in rural Ontario.  In addition to providing assistance with farm financing and real estate matters, he has developed a special interest in the development and implentation of family farm succession plans.

Representative Work

Regularly acts for veterinary clients in all manner of commercial law areas including the purchase and sale of veterinary clinics, incorporation, shareholders’ agreements, employment law, and complaints and discipline defence.

Publications & Presentations

  • Developer/Presenter of lectures in veterinary jurisprudence for Ontario Veterinary College, Atlantic Veterinary College, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary.
  • Guest Lecturer on veterinary/legal matters at the Ohio State University and Michigan State University.
  • Author of articles published in various publications including the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association’s Focus newsletter, the American Animal Hospital Association’s Trends, Canadian Veterinary Journal, Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare and Veterinary Economics.
  • Bimonthly Contributing Author, Canadian Vet magazine.
  • Contributing Author, West Coast Veterinarian.
  • Online Editor, Vetlaw, Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and Veterinary Hospital Managers Association.
  • Author, Canadian Veterinary Practice Manager, Veterinary Medical Diets, 1992.
  • Author, Managing a Veterinary Practice in Canada, W.B. Saunders, 1989.