Toddbrook Vets: Royal College “Clearly at fault” says Harlow MP

Politics / Thu 7th Nov 2013 am30 08:46am

HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon has slammed the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) over their disciplinary structures and procedures.

Mr Halfon made the comments after receiving correspondence from Harlow resident Sheila Sullivan who made a complaint regarding the treatment of her cat by veteran vet Geoff Oliver at Toddbrooks Vets in Harlow.

Mr Oliver subsequently retired from veterinary practice just before he was due to appear at the RCVS to answer a number of gross misconduct charges.

Ms Sullivan was concerned that vets appear to continue to practice whilst still under investigation.

She wrote to Mr Halfon and he has replied.

Mr Halfon said: “The operating procedures for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons are clearly at fault if individuals such as Mr Oliver can continue to treat animals even if evidence of gross misconduct has been submitted against them. This is especially concerning in this case, as it has led to the further mistreatment of the animals in his care.

“As per your request, I will of course raise this issue with the relevant Government authorities. I will write directly to David Heath MP, who is the Minister responsible for Veterinary Medicines Directorate and forward your suggestion about new disciplinary powers for the RCVS.

“Receiving a full response may take some time, but as soon as the Minister replies, I will forward it onto you.”

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