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Vet nurse who poisoned own dog struck off

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By Josh Loeb

The past behaviour of a convicted animal abuser is ‘fundamentally incompatible’ with her continuing to hold the title of registered veterinary nurse (RVN), a disciplinary committee has decided.

Dunbartonshire-based Georgina Bretman poisoned her two-year-old cocker spaniel, Florence, with insulin in June 2013, causing the dog to suffer from hypoglycaemia, collapse, convulsions and seizures. The animal needed immediate veterinary treatment to avoid coma and death.

Bretman’s then employer grew suspicious after seeing Florence and subsequently reported Bretman to the Scottish SPCA.

In August 2017 Bretman was convicted of causing unnecessary pain and suffering to her dog. She was sentenced to carry out 140 hours of unpaid ‘community payback’ work. In addition, an order was made to take Florence away from her, and she was banned from owning a dog for two years. …

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