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THE RCVS Disciplinary Committee has directed that a vet who lied to a client about the condition of her pet should be suspended from the RCVS Register for 10 weeks.
Dermot Costelloe appeared before the committee on February 8 and 9 to face four charges relating to his care of a dog brought to his Shropshire practice in October 2014. Giving some background to the case, the RCVS reports that, following an initial examination, the dog was brought back to the practice following deterioration of its condition. An abdominal scan was arranged for the following day and the dog was admitted overnight. It died at some point during the night.
The charges against Mr Costelloe were that, in a telephone call to the client the following morning, he dishonestly indicated …