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2006 Minutes of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board
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January 13, 2006, MINUTES
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Raleigh, North Carolina


President Amy Lewis, D.V.M., called the regular meeting of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board to order at 8:04 a.m.  In attendance were Board members Drs. Susan Bull, Linwood Jernigan, Richard Hawkins, David Marshall, Dante Martin, Mrs. Nancy Robinson, R.V.T., and Ms. Amy Edwards.  Also present were Board Attorney, Mr. George Hearn, and Executive Director, Mr. Thomas Mickey.

At 8:05 a.m. Warren Pendergast, M.D., Medical Director, of the North Carolina Physicians Health Program (NCPHP), joined the meeting. The Board discussed and reviewed the second year of the NCPHP Impairment Program and Dr. Pendergast reported accomplishments made. Dr. Pendergast left the meeting at 9:00 a.m. Dr. Jernigan made a motion to renew the Board's Agreement with NCPHP for six months, with certain conditions: the total payment to NCPHP for the six month Agreement will be $33,750.00; and NCPHP will provide to the Board prior to the March 31 Board meeting a breakdown of NCPHP's direct costs which are a component for its fee for services; and an NCPHP representative will attend all meetings of Committee No. 2 to provide status reports as as necessary, recommendations; and NCPHP will investigate and report to the Board whether the Board can be listed as a named insured on NCPHP's general liability insurance and officers and directors insurance coverages; and NCPHP will complete the development of the Program for Impaired Veterinary Personnel as set forth in paragraph 3 of the Agreement; and as soon as practical, NCPHP will update and enhance its website which will include increased content, information and links to inform veterinary personnel about the program. Dr. Hawkins seconded the motion. The motion passed with Mrs. Robinson, Dr. Marshall and Dr. Lewis opposed.

The Executive Director is to invite both a representative of Murray & Associates and Dr. Dennis Wages of NCSU-CVM to the next meeting of the Board. The Board will meet first with the representative of Murray & Associates, and then will meet with Dr. Wages. The purpose of these discussions is to evaluate options regarding providing a program for impaired veterinary personnel.

The meeting of the Board recessed at 9:25 a.m. for a five-minute break, and reconvened at 9:30 a.m.

On a motion made by Dr. Hawkins, seconded by Dr. Martin, the minutes for the November, 2005, meeting was approved.

The Board reviewed the meeting date for the June meeting previously scheduled to be in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on June 8, 2006. Following discussion the Board determined by consensus to have the June meeting in Raleigh on June 9, 2006.

The Board set the Administrative Hearing date requested by Dr. Johnson for complaints 05-33-1-7, 05034-1-7, and -5-39-1-7 to be March 29, 2006 (and if necessary, March 30) beginning at 8:30 a.m. A back-up date of June 7, 2006 (and if necessary, June 8) was also set.

The Board reviewed the discussion from the last Board meeting concerning the issue of palpation of cattle by lay persons. No further action was taken.

The Executive Director reported on activities of the Board office since the last meeting. No further action was taken.

The Executive Director distributed a financial report to the Members of the Board.  Following discussion, Dr. Hawkins made a motion to approve the report.  Mrs. Robinson seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

The executive Director presented a year-end technology report. No further action was taken.

The Executive Director reported that the Rules Review Commission approved the technical corrections to 21 NCAC 66.0101, effective January 1, 2006. The change accurately sets forth the Board's mailing and location address.

The Board reviewed the 2006 business standard mileage rate set by the Internal Revenue Service. The rate is now 44.5 cents per mile.

The Board Investigator presented a report on his activities. No further action was taken.

The Board reviewed the request from James Adam Yanchunis, DVM to waive the 60-day application requirement of G.S. 90-187.1 so that he could sit for the January Veterinary State Examination. The Board determined that it does not have the authority to grant the requested waiver. The Executive Director is to inform him of the Board's decision.

The Board reviewed the January 9, 2006 letter from Bernie Hansen, DVM of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He requests approval for the residents of the College of Veterinary Medicine to obtain independent clinical experience at the Raleigh After Hours Animal Emergency Clinic under the faculty license provided to faculty and clinical trainees. Dr. Bull made a motion to grant the request. The motion was seconded by Dr. Martin. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board discussed the content of the last President's letter. No further action was taken.

The Board discussed the current fees charge. Dr. Hawkins made a motion to raise the renewal and registration fees for corporations to the maximum allow by General Statute and Administrative Rule. Mrs. Robinson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The meeting of the Board adjourned at 11:55 a.m., for lunch, and reconvened at 12:20 p.m.

Dr. Hawkins made a motion to enter into a closed meeting pursuant to G.S. § 143.318.11(a)(5), to discuss current and future employment compensation to Board staff. Mrs. Edwards seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. At 12:21 p.m., the Board entered into closed meeting.

At 1:00 p.m. the Board ended the closed meeting and reconvened the open meeting.

Dr. Jernigan made a motion to enter into a closed meeting pursuant to General Statute 143-318.11(1) and General Statute 90-187.15 to receive a report from the Committee on Investigations No. 2 regarding impaired veterinary personnel. Mrs. Robinson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. At 1:01 p.m. the closed meeting began.

At 1:10 p.m. the Board reconvened the open meeting.

Dr. Hawkins made a motion to grant an extension, pursuant to 21 NCAC 66.0206(3), to Dennis Richard Bell, DVM, deployed as part of Iraqi Freedom, until May 31, 2006, to earn his required continuing education. Dr. Bell has been deployed to Iraq as part of his U.S. Army service. Dr. Jernigan seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 1.

05046-1-2   Joel D. Fisher, DVM (Complaint of Ms. Kristi Steward) - Disciplinary action: letter of caution.

05022-1-2   Megan Anne Harris, DVM (Complaint of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Strickland) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

05043-1-2   John Carr, III, DVM (Complaint of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Blackburn) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

05045-1-2   Randolph William Wetzel, DVM (Complaint of Mr. Alan Lewis Robinson) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

05048-1-2  Stephen Matthew Samson, DVM (Complaint of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Marchion) - Dismissed, no probable

200505-2   Jerry Raymond Waddle, DVM (Complaint of Ms. Betty Williamson) - continued.

Dr. Hawkins made a motion to approve the Committee on Investigations Number 2 report.  Mrs. Robinson seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously, with Dr. Bull abstaining from the vote regarding complaint no. 05045-1-2 (Dr. Wetzel).

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 3.

05040-1-3  Lee A. Darch, DVM (Complaint of Ms. Linda Jack) - continued.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 4.

05036-1-4  Virginia Autry Brown, DVM (Board initiated complaint) - Disciplinary action, Letter of Reprimand, $500.00 civil monetary penalty, and 20 additional hours of continuing education.

Dr. Marshall made a motion to approve the Committee on Investigations Number 4 report.  Dr. Hawkins seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously, with Dr. Jernigan abstaining.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 7.

05032-1-7  Dennis Kay Johnson, DVM (complaint of Ms. Cheryl Smith, RN, RVT) - Continued.

2005051-7  Scott William Barnard, DVM (complaint of Mr. and Mrs. Rodger Cripe) - Continued.

05030-1-7  Melissa Jean Wheeler, DVM and Timothy F. Barker, DVM (complaint of Ms. Linda Dunn) - The portion of the complaint against Dr. Barker is dismissed. Dr. Wheeler is to receive a letter of caution.

05037-1-7  Mark S. Thompson, DVM (complaint of Ms. Mary S. Innes) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2005055-7  Gerald Bruce Dienhart, DVM (complaint of Ms. Ina E. Breaux-Lunney) - Disciplinary action: letter of reprimand.

Dr. Martin made a motion to approve the Committee on Investigations Number 7 report.  Dr. Bull seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously, with Dr. Jernigan abstaining from the vote regarding complaint no. 05030-1-7 (Dr. Barker and Dr. Wheeler).

Upon a motion by Dr. Jernigan, seconded by Mrs. Robinson, the Board approved the actual expenses for this meeting.

The meeting was adjourned by unanimous vote upon a motion by Dr. Jernigan and seconded by Dr. Hawkins at 2:00 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted, 
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

March 31, 2006, MINUTES
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Raleigh, North Carolina


President Amy Lewis, D.V.M., Called the regular meeting of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board to order at 8:00 a.m.  In attendance were Board members Drs. Susan Bull, Linwood Jernigan, Richard Hawkins, David Marshall, Dante Martin, Mrs. Nancy Robinson, R.V.T., And Ms. Amy Edwards.  Also present was Board Attorney, Mr. George Hearn, and Executive Director, Mr. Thomas Mickey.

On a motion made by Dr. Marshall, seconded by Mrs. Robinson, the minutes for the March 31, 2006, meeting was approved.

At 8:05 a.m. Warren Pendergast, MD, Medical Director, of the North Carolina Physicians Health Program (NCPHP), joined the meeting. He presented a status report for the 1st quarter of 2006. He also discussed the program's development guidelines and updates to the NCPHP website. He reported that he would be participating in a presentation to North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine students on May 19. Dr. Pendergast left the meeting at 9:00 a.m.

Dr. Bull reported on her attendance at a large animal forum in Asheville held by the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association.

Ms. Edwards made a motion to have the Board's Investigator go to livestock markets to determine if the palpation of cattle is taking place by non-veterinarians. If it is taking place the Investigator is to attempt to determine if the owner of the livestock market is aware of it. Dr. Jernigan seconded the motion with the added stipulation that the head of extension agents is sent a copy of the letter that was sent to the North Carolina Cattleman's Association. The motion passed with Dr. Marshall opposed and the President not voting.

The meeting of the Board recessed at 9:45 a.m. for a five-minute break, and reconvened at 9:50 a.m.

Mr. Murray of Murray & Associates and Dr. Dennis Wages of NCSU-CVM joined the meeting at 9:55 a.m. They presented a proposal to the Board for an alternative to the Impairment Program provided by the North Carolina Physicians Health Program. They left the meeting at 10:45 a.m.

The Executive Director reported on activities of the Board office since the last meeting. No further action was taken.

The Executive Director distributed a financial report to the members of the Board.  Following discussion, Mrs. Robinson made a motion to approve the report.  Dr. Martin seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

The Board Investigator presented a report on his activities. No further action was taken.

Benjamin S. Turner, D.V.M., Practice Facility Inspector for the Board, reported to the Board on the status of practice facility inspections and veterinary practice facilities.

The meeting of the Board adjourned at 11:58 a.m., for lunch, and reconvened at 12:38 p.m.

Dr. Bull discussed humane societies spaying and neutering animals that they own. Veterinarians not licensed by the Board are performing the procedures. The Board determined that the Veterinary Practice Act provides relief from the licensing requirements for the acts as presented by Dr. Bull.

The Board reviewed the email from Tom Schell, DVM to Mrs. Robinson concerning the role of a registered veterinary technician. No further action was taken.

Dr. Jernigan made a motion to start the rule making steps necessary to increase the number of continuing education hours allowed under 21 NCAC 66.206 for audio, video or computer-based training. Mrs. Robinson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 2.

2005050-2  Jerry Raymond Waddle, DVM (Complaint of Ms. Betty Williamson) - continued.

2005033-2  Suzanne Nicole Brink, DVM (Complaint of Ms. Ms. Marjorie Klenin) - continued.

2005054-2  Danny Jay Taylor, DVM (Complaint of Ms. Valerie Wagner) - Disciplinary action letter of caution.

2005057-2  Deborah Ann Cowan, DVM (Complaint of Ms. Patricia A. Britt) - Disciplinary action letter of caution.

2005060-2  Dennis C. Orr, DVM (Complaint of Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Adcock) - Dismissed no probable cause.

2005062-2  Melanie Jeanne Silvious, DVM (Complaint of Ms. Mary S. Vickoren) - Dismissed no probable cause.

2005052-2  Kendall T. Reische, DVM (Complaint of Ms. Laura J. Kirchen) - Dismissed no probable cause.

2005058-2  Danny L. Dillon, DVM (Complaint of Ms. Cheryl Whicker) - Dismissed no probable cause.

2006005-2  Randolph William Wetzel, DVM (Complaint of Ms. Mindy Brown) - Dismissed no probable cause.

Mrs. Robinson made a motion to approve the Committee on Investigations Number 2 report.  Dr. Hawkins seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously, with Dr. Bull abstaining from the vote regarding complaint no. 2006005-2 (Dr. Wetzel).

The meeting of the board recessed at 1:55 p.m., for a five-minute break, and reconvened at 2:00 p.m.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 3.

05040-1-3  Lee A. Darch, DVM (Complaint of Ms. Linda Jack) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

Mrs. Robinson made a motion to approve the Committee on Investigations Number 4 [sic] report.  Ms. Edwards seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 7.

05032-1-7   Dennis Kay Johnson, DVM (complaint of Ms. Cheryl Smith, RN, RVT) - Continued.

2005051-7  Scott William Barnard, DVM (complaint of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Cripe) - Disciplinary action letter of caution.

05042-1-7  Joel K. Jensen, DVM (complaint of Ms. and Mrs. Steve Norman) - No response from Mr. and Mrs. Norman, dismissed no probable cause.

2005049-7  Karen Carter Miller, DVM (complaint of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Huskins & Ms. Betty Huskins) - Disciplinary action letter of caution.

2006001-7  Joseph Linwood Jernigan, DVM (complaint of Ms. Janet Coffman) - Continued.

2006006-7  Carol Ann Tice, DVM (complaint of Philip D. McHugh, DVM) - Disciplinary action letter of caution.

2005011-7  Dennis Kay Johnson, DVM (complaint of Mr. Charles W. Cato) - Disciplinary action letter of caution.

2005059-7  James G. Schmunk, DVM (complaint of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Chaffin) - Disciplinary action letter of caution.

05035-1-7  Dennis Kay Johnson, DVM (complaint of Ms. Amber R. Daniels) - The Committee reaffirmed its previous decision to issue a letter of reprimand and $1,000 civil monetary penalty.

Ms. Edwards made a motion to approve the Committee on Investigations Number 7 report.  Dr. Bull seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously, with Dr. Jernigan abstaining from the vote regarding complaint no. 2005051-7 (Dr. Barnard) and 2005049-7 (Dr. Miller).

Dr. Lewis appointed a nominating committee for 2006-2007 officers of Dr. Bull, Ms. Edwards and Dr. Martin.

Upon a motion by Dr. Marshall, seconded by Dr. Martin, the Board approved the actual expenses for this meeting.

The meeting was adjourned by unanimous vote upon a motion by Dr. Hawkins and seconded by Dr. Jernigan at 4:05 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted, 
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

June 9, 2006, MINUTES
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Raleigh, North Carolina


President Amy Lewis, D.V.M., called the regular meeting of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board to order at 8:00 a.m.  In attendance were Board members Drs. Susan Bull, Linwood Jernigan, Richard Hawkins, David Marshall, Dante Martin, Mrs. Nancy Robinson, R.V.T., and Ms. Amy Edwards.  Also present was Board Attorney, Mr. George Hearn.

On a motion made by Dr. Marshall, seconded by Mrs. Robinson, the minutes for the March 31, 2006, meeting were approved.

At 8:05 a.m. Warren Pendergast, M.D., Medical Director, of the North Carolina Physicians Health Program (NCPHP), joined the meeting. He presented a status report for the 2nd quarter of 2006. After a question and answer period with the Board he left the meeting at 8:45 a.m.

The meeting of the board recessed at 9:00 a.m. for a break, and reconvened at 9:10 a.m.

A financial report to the members of the Board.  Following discussion, Dr. Bull made a motion to approve the report.  Dr. Jernigan seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

The Board Investigator presented a report on his activities since the March meeting. No further action was taken.

The Board reviewed provisions in the 6/7/2006 proposed Committee substitute for House Bill 2098 concerning "Other Health Providers" that might be employed by a custodian of an animal under the statute. The Board by consensus, concurred with the Board Attorney's opinion that only a veterinarian licensed by the Board could provide such health care.

The Board reviewed draft House Bill DRH 60642 (03/08). Mr. Hearn will monitor this bill for the Board.

The meeting of the Board recessed at 9:40 a.. for a break, and reconvened at 9:45 a.m.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 2.

2005050-2  Jerry Raymond Waddle, DVM (Complaint of Ms. Betty Williamson) - Disciplinary action, letter of caution.

2005053-2  Suzanne Nicole Brink, DVM (Complaint of Ms. Marjorie Klenin) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2005064-2  Richard H. Harlow, DVM (Complaint of Ms. Tonya Whitehurst) - Disciplinary action letter of caution.

The Executive Director joined the meeting.

2006008-2  Alan T. Howard, DVM (complaint of Mr. & Mrs. Brien Nussman) - Disciplinary action, letter of reprimand.

2006016-2  Lisa Lipps Padfield, DVM (complaint of Ms. Kristin Leigh Snodgrass) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

Dr. Hawkins made a motion to enter into a closed session pursuant to G.S. § 143-318.11(a)(3), to confer with Board Counsel and discuss issues relating to possible depositions in a civil case pending in Wake County Superior Court. Dr. Bull seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. At 10:19 a.m., the Board entered into closed session.

The regular meeting of the Board reconvened at 10:55 a.m.

The meeting of the Board recessed at 10:55 a.m., for a break, and reconvened at 11:00 am.

2006012-2  Kimberly Dawn Toombs, DVM (complaint of Ms. Carol Fuller) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006012-2  Rodger G. Tessneer, DVM (complaint of Ms. Martha Lawrence) - Disciplinary action, letter of caution.

2006004-2  David Gerald Vigee, DVM (complaint of Ms. Mindy Brown) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006002-2  Mark T. Hayes, DVM (complaint of Ms. Marlo L. Blake) - Continued.

Dr. Martin made a motion to approve the Committee on Investigations no. 2 report. Mrs. Robinson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously with Dr. Lewis abstaining from the vote regarding complaint Nos. 2005020-2 (Dr. Waddle) and 2005033-2 (Dr. Brink).

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 7.

05040-1-7   Dennis Kay Johnson, DVM (complaint of Ms. Cheryl Smith, RN, RVT) - Continued.

2006001-7  Joseph Linwood Jernigan, DVM (complaint of Ms. Janet Coffman) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006007-7  Don H. Gwynn, DVM (complaint of Mr. & Mrs. Michael Inscoe) - Disciplinary action, letter of reprimand.

2006063-7  John A. Lauby, DVM (complaint of Mr. Izell Johnson) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006011-7  Claude S. Kidd, DVM (complaint of Mr. Terrance Art Lomax) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006009-7  Dawn Marie Flood, DVM (complaint of Mr. Rafael Gutierrez and Ms. AnnMarie Fox) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006018-7  Margaret Ann Anderson, DVM (complaint of Ms. Amy L. Holland) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006018-7  Don H. Gwynn, DVM (complaint of Mr. Samuel T. Peace, III) - Disciplinary action, letter of reprimand.

2006017-7  Gary J. Spodnick, DVM (complaint of Ms. Carol Nash) - Disciplinary action, letter of caution.

2006031-7  George G. Gregg, DVM (complaint of Ms. Kim Brown) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

Mrs. Edwards made a motion to approve the Committee on Investigations No. 7 report.  Dr. Bull seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously with Dr. Jernigan abstaining from the vote regarding complaint no. 2005051 (Dr. Barnard) and 2005049-7 (Dr. Miller). [sic]

The Nominating Committee presented its slate of officers for 2006-2007. The Committee nominated Dr. Jernigan for President, Dr. Marshall for Vice-President and Mrs. Robinson for Secretary-Treasurer Dr. Hawkins made a motion that the slate of officers be approved and elected to their respective positions. Dr. Martin seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Upon a motion by Mrs. Robinson, seconded by Dr. Bull, the Board approved the actual expenses for this meeting and the legal expenses for Mr. Hearn to represent former Board Member Joseph Gordon should he be deposed in reference to his time serving on the Board.

The meeting was adjourned by unanimous vote upon a motion by Dr. Hawkins and seconded by Dr. Jernigan at 1:20 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted, 
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

August 18, 2006, MINUTES
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Raleigh, North Carolina


President Linwood Jernigan, D.V.M., called the regular meeting of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board to order at 8:00 a.m.  In attendance were Board members Drs. Amy Lewis, Susan Bull, Richard Hawkins, David Marshall, Dante Martin, Mrs. Nancy Robinson, R.V.T., and Ms. Amy Edwards.  Also present was Board Attorney, Mr. George Hearn and Executive Director Mr. Thomas Mickey.

On a motion made by Dr. Marshall, seconded by Mrs. Robinson, the minutes for the June 9, 2006, meeting were approved.

At 8:10 a.m. Warren Pendergast, M.D., Medical Director, of the North Carolina Physicians Health Program (NCPHP), joined the meeting. He presented an update on the status of the program since the June meeting. He also gave a PowerPoint educational presentation to the Board. After a question and answer period with the Board he left the meeting at 9:10 a.m.

Mr. Hearn reported that Senate Bill 1485 and House Bill 2098 both passed and have been signed by Governor Easley.

The Executive Director reported on activities of the Board office since the last meeting. No further action was taken.

The meeting of the Board recessed at 9:23 a.m. for a break, and reconvened at 9:32 a.m.

Michael Davidson, D.V.M., Associate Dean and Director of Veterinary Medical Services at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM), and Mr. David Drooz, Associate General Counsel for N.C. State University, appeared before the Board to discuss the general issue of confidentiality of patient medical records at NCSU-CVM. They asked that the Board consider adopting a rule that would provide for the confidentiality of medical records at NCSU-CVM. If a rule is not possible, then they requested that the Board consider supporting legislation to provide for such confidentiality. Ms. Edwards stated that for the record she is opposed to the Board adopting any rule or supporting a statutory change that would provide for the confidentiality of medical records at NCSU-CVM. Following discussion, the Board asked Mr. Hearn to communicate to Mr. Drooz that the Board has concluded that proposing the adoption of such a rule is not practical or feasible, but that the Board would lie to continue the discussion and would like to see a draft of the language that he would present to the college system.

A financial report to the members of the Board.  Following discussion, Mrs. Robinson made a motion to approve the report.  Dr. Lewis seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Following a presentation by Mr. Mickey, Dr. Bull made a motion to approve the purchase for the office of a Minolta color copier model C352. Ms. Edwards seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board Investigator presented a report on his activities since the June meeting. No further action was taken.

The meeting of the Board recessed at 11:05 a.m. for a break, and reconvened at 11:15 a.m.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 2.

2006002-2  Mark T. Hayes, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Marlo L. Blake) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006028-2  Chandra Vonette Meachem, D.V.M. (Complaint of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Winters) - Disciplinary action, letter of reprimand.

2006019-2  Joel M. Barden, Jr., D.V.M. (Complaint of Ms. Wendy S. Cook) - Disciplinary action, letter of reprimand and a civil monetary penalty. The basis for the penalty is G.S. 90-187.8(b)(5).

2006024-2  Marie Lynnette Ballengee, D.V.M. (Complaint of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Thomas) - Disciplinary action, letter of caution.

2006014-2  John C. Harroff, D.V.M. (Complaint of Ms. Helena Ells) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006026-2  Sharon B. King, D.V.M. (Complaint of Mr. Paul Dean) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006040-2  Jeffrey Todd Denny, D.V.M. (Complaint of Ms. Nancy Buckner) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

Dr. Lewis made a motion to approve the Committee on Investigations No. 2 report. Dr. Hawkins seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The meeting of the Board adjourned at 12:05 p.m., for lunch, and reconvened at 12:36 p.m.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 7.

2005056-7   Dennis Kay Johnson, DVM (complaint of Ms. Caitlyn Atkin) - Disciplinary action, letter of caution.

2006013-7  Lorien Ethel Potts, DVM (complaint of Ms. Jackie Bare) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006029-7  Carolyn Patricia Gahagan, D.V.M. (Complaint of Ms. Ann Weaver) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006023-7  William Bryant Morton, D.V.M. (Complaint of Ms. Jewel P. Smith) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006003-7  Robert Bryan Ballard, D.V.M. (Complaint of Ms. Crystal Landreth) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006027-7  Richard H. Harlow, D.V.M. (Complaint of Mr. Lawrence Wiggins) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006031-7  Jeffrey Todd Smith, D.V.M. and Noel Linnea Watkins, D.V.M. (Complaint of Ms. Victoria Schultz) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2005055-7  Gerald Bruce Dienhart, D.V.M. (Complaint of Ms. Carol Nash) - The Committee is reconsidering the letter of reprimand, and will review it further at the request of Dr. Dienhart.

2006031-7  George S. Gregg, D.V.M. (Complaint of Ms. Kim Brown) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

Dr. Bull made a motion to approve the Committee on Investigations No. 7 report.  Dr. Martin seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Dr. Jernigan appointed a new Committee on Investigations, Number 5, the members of which are Dr. Hawkins (Chairman), Mrs. Robinson, and Dr. Martin. The Committee on Investigations NO. 7 will finish any remaining cases and no further cases will be assigned to it.

The Board reviewed the Statement of Economic Interest for Dr. Jernigan that was received from the North Carolina Board of Ethics. No further action was taken.

At the request of Dr. Marshall, the Board asked for a volunteer to take his place on the North Carolina Physicians Health Program. Dr. Martin volunteered.

The Board set the date of the first Board meeting in 2007 to be January 26.

Upon a motion by Mrs. Robinson, seconded by Dr. Bull, the Board approved the actual expenses for this meeting.

The meeting was adjourned by unanimous vote upon a motion by Dr. Hawkins and seconded by Mrs. Robinson at 1:45 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted, 
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

 

November 2, 2006, MINUTES
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Raleigh, North Carolina


President Linwood Jernigan, D.V.M., called the regular meeting of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board to order at 8:00 a.m.  In attendance were Board members Drs. Amy Lewis, Susan Bull, Richard Hawkins, Mrs. Nancy Robinson, R.V.T., and Ms. Amy Edwards.  Also present was Board Attorney, Mr. George Hearn and Executive Director Mr. Thomas Mickey.

On a motion made by Dr. Bull, seconded by Dr. Lewis, the minutes for the August 18, 2006, meeting were approved.

At 8:10 a.m. Warren Pendergast, M.D., Medical Director, of the North Carolina Physicians Health Program (NCPHP), joined the meeting. He presented an update on the status of the program since the August meeting. After a question and answer period with the Board he left the meeting at 8:50 a.m.

The Board Investigator presented a report on his activities since the June [sic] meeting. No further action was taken.

The meeting of the Board recessed at 9:02 a.m. for a break, and reconvened at 9:12 a.m.

The Executive Director reported on activities of the Board office since the last meeting. No further action was taken.

A financial report to the members of the Board.  Following discussion, Mrs. Robinson made a motion to approve the report.  Dr. Hawkins seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the letter from the North Carolina Veterinary Conference (NCVC) concerning a crisis management action plan that they are preparing. They have requested that if the NCVC is cancelled due to a natural or manmade disaster that the Board allow 20 hours of continuing education credit for the reading the notes of the speakers. Dr. Lewis made a motion to not approve the request, but instead inform the NCVC that 21 NCAC 66.0206 provides for extensions to earn continuing education. Ms. Edwards seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 2.

2006036-2  Robbie Nunnamaker Hskins, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Josie Snavely) - Complaint withdrawn by client.

2006042-2  Thea Angela Stabb, D.V.M. and Harold Rodeffer, D.V.M. (Complaint of Mr. Gary Linz) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006034-2  Carla Louise Gartrell, D.V.M. and Jerry Raymond Waddle, D.V.M. (Complaint of Mr. Joseph Barr) - Continued.

2006050-2  David Gerald Vigee, D.V.M. (Complaint of Mrs. Teresa E. Stines) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006044-2  Thomas R. Bello, D.V.M. (Complaint of Ms. Sarah Jane Harmon) - Continued.

2006033-2  Soren David Windram, D.V.M. (Complaint of Ms. Carolyn Carson) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006032-2  Stacy Nicole Soulsby, D.V.M. (Complaint of Mr. & Mrs. Tim T. Roney) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006052-2  Kelly Rene Russell, D.V.M. (Complaint of Ms. Shelley L. Rohm) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006056-2  Jack Dale Brown, D.V.M. (Complaint of Ms. Tiffany Bowers) - Continued.

2006054-2  Craig A. Corry, D.V.M. (Complaint of Ms. Veda Williams) - Disciplinary action, letter of caution.

2006048-2  Samuel Green Griffin, D.V.M. (Complaint of Ms. Ardyth M. Lanier) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006022-2  Kimberley Saline Barth, D.V.M. (Complaint of Ms. Beth A. Zierer) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006020-2  Susan Michele Rohrer, D.V.M. (Complaint of Ms. Mary V. Diemer) - Continued.

Dr. Hawkins made a motion to approve the Committee on Investigations No. 2 report. Dr. Lewis seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The meeting of the Board adjourned at 12:05 p.m., for lunch, and reconvened at 12:36 p.m.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 5.

2006037-5  Danny Henry, D.V.M. (Complaint of Ms. Laura Lee Raynor) - Continued.

2006047-5  Joel Kirk Budd, D.V.M. (Complaint of Mr. & Mrs. Brad Masters) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006049-5  David L. Barkman, D.V.M. and Joshua David Barkman (complaint of Mr. Christopher Ronald & Mrs. Montano) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

The meeting of the Board adjourned at 12:06 p.m. for lunch, and reconvened at 12:36 p.m.

2006039-5  Jerry L. Eskridge, D.V.M. (Complaint of Ms. April Morrison) - Disciplinary action, letter of caution.

2006043-5  Arial Patton Thompson, D.V.M. (Complaint of Ms. Deborah Corey) - Disciplinary action, letter of caution.

2006023-5  William R. Manchester, D.V.M. (complaint of Mr. and Mrs. R. Gordon Grubb) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006053-5  Kathryn Rae Remsberg, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Jennifer Jenkins) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006025-5  Dana Lehr, V.M.D. (complaint of Mr. and Mrs. Rob Hedge) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

2006055-5  Debra Renea Jeter Basden, D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Charlotte Smith) - Dismissed, no probable cause.

Dr. Lewis made a motion to approve the Committee on Investigations No. 5 report.  Dr. Bull seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 7.

05039-1-7  Dennis Kay Johnson, D.V.M. (complaint of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Upchurch) - The Committee reconsidered its previous decision to issue a letter of reprimand and civil monetary penalty. The decision is to issue a letter of caution.

Ms. Edwards made a motion to approve the Committee on Investigations No. 7 report.  Dr. Bull seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Additional Report of Committee on Investigations No. 2.

2006019-2  Joel M. Barden, Jr., D.V.M. (complaint of Ms. Wendy S. Cook) - The Committee reconsidered its previous decision to issue a letter of reprimand and civil monetary penalty. The decision is to issue a letter of reprimand.

Dr. Lewis made a motion to approve the additional report of Committee on Investigations No. 2.  Mrs. Robinson seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

The board set the date of the March Board meeting to be March 30.

Upon a motion by Mrs. Robinson, seconded by Dr. Lewis, the Board approved the actual expenses for this meeting.

The meeting was adjourned by unanimous vote upon a motion by Dr. Hawkins and seconded by Mrs. Robinson at 1:41 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted, 
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

 

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