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RCVS Disciplinary Committee
Vet to be suspended for false TB certification

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THE RCVS Disciplinary Committee has directed that the name of a Shropshire veterinary surgeon, John Owen-Thomas, should be suspended from the RCVS Register after he admitted failing to carry out tuberculin tests on all the cattle present on a client's farm and then dishonestly certifying that he had properly completed the procedure on every animal.

At a hearing before the Disciplinary Committee on March 14 and 15, Mr Owen-Thomas, of the Teme Veterinary Practice, Ludlow, was found guilty of disgraceful professional conduct and his RCVS registration was suspended for a period of 10 months.

Nicole Curtis, counsel for the Royal College, said the incident in question occurred in 2009 after an animal belonging to Robin Taylor, of Elton Farm, Ludlow, was identified as a suspected TB case by staff working at Shrewsbury abattoir. Mr Taylor was informed by Animal Health that all the remaining animals on his farm would have to be tested for bovine TB. These tests were carried out by Mr Owen-Thomas in June 2009 in his capacity as an Official Veterinarian (OV). A number of reactors were found and Animal Health informed Mr Owen-Thomas that further tests would need …

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