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Disciplinary charges dismissed
The RCVS Disciplinary Committee dismissed charges of serious professional misconduct against veterinary surgeon Tomasz Nazimek, after a hearing ending on April 18. Mr Nazimek was alleged to have charged for the use of a blood pressure monitor during an exploratory laparotomy on a cat while working for the Watford branch of the Medivet Veterinary Partnership in June 2009, when he knew or ought to have known that the monitor had not been used. The Disciplinary Committee said that it could not be sure from the evidence presented to it that Mr Nazimek had entered the charge for the use of the monitor onto the cat's records. It found Mr Nazimek's oral evidence to be persuasive, his manner open and his responses under cross-examination frank. It believed that he told the truth in asserting that he did not make a charge for using the monitor, and dismissed the charges against him.
Use of livestock in research
A meeting will be held from September 26 to 28 at Oslo airport Gardermoen in Norway to discuss care of agricultural animals in research. Topics to be discussed include changes in European legislation and international guidelines; positive welfare indicators; husbandry and environmental enrichment; and humane endpoints. Details from www.norecopa.no/sider/tekst.asp?side=21
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