By Dr. Andrew Jones
Currently I am trying to finish a ‘real’ book about my trials and tribulations- specifically the College of Veterinarians Inquiry Committee Report into yours truly…Dr Andrew Jones
In researching the book, I am trying to document some of the fines and charges against veterinarians who have been charged with professional misconduct.
And I am finding serious cases here..those who have been grossly negligent and incompetent.
But in researching, I have yet to find an example of a veterinary college/governing body in North America, who has given a veterinarian a higher fine than me.
If you are aware of a veterinarian with higher fines, or just want to comment, I would love it if you would post at then end of this blog post.
So what really happened to me you may be wondering?
I resigned from College of Veterinarians of BC on November 30, 2010.
So even though I owned a veterinary clinic, The Nelson Animal Hospital, I couldn’t work in it.
No more examinations of sick dogs and cats.
No more diagnosis of unusual health conditions and no more specific treatment of any kind.
The British Columbia Veterinary Medical Association first began investigating me on Dec 1, 2005.
An inquiry committee was struck – on April 20, 2010 this committee found that I had committed various offences under the Bylaws and Code of Ethics.
I was found guilty of professional misconduct.
The College of Veterinarians of BC met on September 20, 2010. I was fined $30,000, plus required to pay $9,500 for the inquiry committee costs, and told that if I did not take remedial actions within the time limited for doing so, that I would be suspended from membership.
Here is the conclusion of Inquiry Committee’s findings:
Dr Jones was found guilty of violating numerous sections of the Code of Ethics and Bylaws with respect to marketing of his Natural Dog and Cat Health Internet Business.
“ The panel finds that between December 1, 2005 and October 31, 2008, Dr Jones violated ss 8,26,27,97,100 and 104(a),(b), (c), (d), and (e) of the Code of Ethics and Bylaws.
Furthermore, we are concerned that a veterinarian, a professional person, would breach his two written undertakings to the BCVMA.”
The inquiry committee claims:
“ Dr Jones ‘ marketing material is a serious example of his unprofessional behavior in that his marketing material has an all –pervading persistent theme of denigrating other members of his profession in order to draw attention to himself. In his self laudatory statements, Dr Jones’ constant harangue serves to throw the veterinary profession into disrepute.”
You can see the entire report by going to the college of veterinarians of British Columbia website here:
Your comments are appreciated, especially if you are aware of veterinarians who have been fined by their governing bodies.
Please leave a comment here:
Dr Andrew Jones, DVM
DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational
purposes only and is not intended to replace the
advice of your own veterinarian. Dr Andrew Jones
resigned from the College of Veterinarians of
B.C. effective December 1 2010, meaning he
cannot answer specific questions about your
pet’s medical issues or make specific medical
recommendations for your pet.
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