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RCVS Disciplinary committee
Vet struck off following animal welfare conviction

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THE RCVS Disciplinary Committee has directed that the name of a Dorset veterinary surgeon should be removed from the RCVS Register after she admitted animal welfare offences relating to two of her dogs.

During a hearing on May 18 and 19, the Disciplinary Committee heard that Kerstin Vockert had been convicted under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 at Bournemouth Magistrates' Court on April 30, 2015, after she admitted failing to protect two dogs she owned from pain, suffering, injury and disease by not adequately grooming them. The prosecution had been brought by the RSPCA after one of Ms Vockert's dogs had been taken into care by the local council as a stray. The RCVS reports that the dog had been examined by a veterinary surgeon, who reported at the time that its coat was in an ‘appalling state, with multiple mats of hair all …

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