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RCVS disciplinary committee
Disciplinary committee dismisses insurance fraud case

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THE RCVS Disciplinary Committee has dismissed a charge against a veterinary surgeon from Gloucestershire that alleged he was guilty of pet insurance fraud, along with one of his clients, and of dishonestly altering clinical records.

Nicholas Horniman faced a single charge, made up of three separate parts, covering the period December 1, 2008 to June 30, 2014. The charge alleged that he had suggested to the owner of a labrador retriever that she should dishonestly take out a new insurance policy for the dog using different owner's details from those on its current insurance policy. It also alleged that he had dishonestly arranged for or allowed practice records for the labrador to be discontinued under the owner's name, and for separate practice records for the dog to be started under a different owner's name. The final part of the charge alleged that he had dishonestly maintained practice records for the dog as if it were a different animal from the one for which the previous practice records had been maintained.

The RCVS reports that, a hearing on April 20 to 24, the Disciplinary Committee heard that the dog, which had previously been diagnosed with hip dysplasia, had been registered with the Pets Barn Veterinary Group in Gloucestershire in May 2008, when Mr Horniman was principal and owner of the three-practice group. The dog had received regular prescriptions for its condition. The committee also heard that, at some point in 2008/09, the …

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