Samantha Schnobel

Postgraduate Teaching Associate

Birmingham Law School

Contact details

Telephone 0121 414 8005

Fax 0121 414 3585


Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Title of thesis: Veterinary Negligence: Legal and Ethical Considerations in Formulating a Duty of Care

Supervisors: Professor Marie Fox and Dr Claire McIvor


I'm generally available most times. If you drop me an email, I'm sure we can find a good time!

Students can also attend my regular office hour, which is held every Thursday at 10:00, Room G7.


  • BA cum laude in History and Ethics (University of Northern Iowa)
  • LLB (Hon.) (University of Birmingham)


Samantha graduated from the University of Birmingham with an Honours LLB in 2011. While at Birmingham, she also completed a dissertation on novel forms of actionable damage, looking specifically at the status of companion animals within veterinary negligence actions. Samantha then worked for a year contributing quarterly updates and written additions to the text “Damages for Breach of Contract” by Harvin D. Pitch and Ronald M. Snyder. During that same year, she co-authored a paper discussing recent developments in the fields of contract and tort law for the Law Society of Upper Canada. In 2012, she returned to Birmingham Law School as a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant and PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr. Claire McIvor and Professor Marie Fox. 


  • Tort Law

Doctoral research

PhD title Veterinary Negligence: Legal and Ethical Considerations in Formulating a Duty of Care
Supervisors Professor Marie Fox and Dr Claire McIvor
Course Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur


Samantha’s research interests lie in the fields of professional negligence and ethics, specifically in the areas of human and nonhuman medicine.  Her research focuses on the legal and ethical considerations pertaining to the duty of care in human and non-human health-related negligence claims.     

Other activities

Postgraduate Student Mentor

Postgraduate Student Ambassador 


  • Harvin Pitch and Samantha Schnobel, ‘Contract and Tort: Some Recent Developments’ (2012) Law Society of Upper Canada

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