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Disciplinary case dismissed against vet convicted of illegal tail docking

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THE RCVS Disciplinary Committee has dismissed a case against a Kent veterinary surgeon who had faced charges following a conviction for illegally docking dogs' tails.

At the beginning of a four-day disciplinary hearing on May 21, David Smith, of Lakeview Veterinary Centre, Deal, admitted that, at Channel Magistrates Court on December 14, 2010, he had been convicted of an offence of tail docking. He said that, in 2008, he had misinterpreted the legislation about tail docking and, as a result, had removed the tails of a litter of 13 rottweiler puppies.

At the RCVS disciplinary hearing, Mr Smith faced a charge alleging that his conviction for illegal docking rendered him unfit to practise veterinary surgery. He was also charged with misleadingly altering an owner's record relating to the tail dockings.

Mr Smith accepted at the …

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