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2013 Minutes of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board
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 February 1, 2013 MINUTES
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Raleigh, North Carolina

At 8:00 a.m., President Richard Hawkins, D.V.M. called to order the regular meeting of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. In attendance were the following Board members: Drs. Dwight E. Cochran, William Dean, Kim Gemeinhardt, David Marshall and Dante Martin; Mr. Jonathan Loftis, R.V.T., and Mrs. Katie Morgan. Also present was Board Attorneys, Mr. George Hearn and Mr. Lee Craven. Executive Director, Mr. Thomas Mickey, was present as well.

Dr. Hawkins reviewed with the Board the Governor's and North Carolina Board of Ethics' statement on recognizing and avoiding conflicts of interest.

On a motion by Mr. Loftis, seconded by Dr. Gemeinhardt, the minutes for the November 9, 2012 Board meeting were approved.

At 8:10 a.m., Warren Pendergast, M.D., Medical Director, and Joseph P. Jordan, PhD., Clinical Director, of the N. C. Physicians Health Program (NCPHP) joined the meeting. Dr. Pendergast and Dr. Jordan presented an update of the status of the N. C. Veterinary Health Program (NCVHP) since the last Board meeting. Mr. Hearn presented the proposed renewal of the Board's Agreement with NCVHP for the term beginning February 1, 2013 through July 31, 2013. Following discussion, upon motion by Mr. Loftis, seconded by Dr. Cochran, the Board unanimously voted to renew its Agreement with NCVHP as presented. Dr. Pendergast and Dr. Jordan left the meeting left the meeting at 8:30 a.m.

Myles Roderic Moritz, DVM appeared before the Board at 8:50 a.m. to discuss issues concerning reinstating his North Carolina veterinary license, which was revoked on March 1, 1007 for his failure to renew. He has since practiced in other jurisdictions. Following discussion with the Board, he left the meeting at 9:05 a.m.

Dr. Hawkins reported on his meeting with the Executive Board of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association to discuss potential legislative changes to the Veterinary Practice Act.

At 9:05 a.m., the Board recessed for a break and resumed the meeting at 9:15 a.m.

At 9:15 a.m. Ms. Claire Holley, Executive Director of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (NCVMA) presented a legislative issue to the Board for its consideration. The NCVMA Board is concerned that email addresses of licensees in the Board records are public record and, as such, could be obtained by individuals and businesses for marketing and other purposes. The NCVMA Board considers the email addresses to be private information. She presented draft language that would amend the Veterinary Practice Act to exclude such identifying information from the N. C. public records law (G.S. Chapter 132). Ms. Holley also presented a proposal from the NCVMA to restrict the number of continuing education hours in the category of practice management that may be earned for annual license renewal. She requested that the Board review and support the adoption of both proposals. She left the meeting at 9:50 a.m.

The Board scheduled a Board meting to be held by telephone conference call on February 19, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss (1) an amendment to the Veterinary Practice Act clarifying the requirements for reinstatement of a veterinary license or technician registration revoked for non-renewal; and (2) an amendment to the Board Rules to restrict the number of continuing education hours that may applied to annual license/registration renewal in the category of practice management. The Executive director and Board attorney will distribute draft language on both issues before the meeting.

At 10:12 a.m., the Board recessed for a break and resumed the meeting at 10:20 a.m.

The Board resumed its discussion of the issues that Dr. Moritz raised regarding reinstating his North Carolina veterinary license. The Board conclude that the provisions of the Practice Acct concerning reinstatement requirements for a veterinary license (and technician registration) are outdated and need to be updated. The Board determined that a legislative change is necessary. Dr. motion made a motion to adopt a six-month temporary policy for the reinstatement of licenses revoked for reasons other than disciplinary action, which typically be non-renewal. The elements of the policy are: (1) be licensed in another State, with no past or pending disciplinary actions; (2) have actively practiced veterinary medicine during the last five years; (3) provide proof of having completed the North Carolina continuing education requirements for each of the last three years; (4) pay the current required reinstatement fee; and (5) apply, pay for and pass the North Carolina Veterinary State Examination. Other fees required for reinstatement would be deferred until November 1, 2013. The Board will review this policy again at is September meeting. Dr. Cochran seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board Investigator presented his report on activities since the last Board meeting.

Mr. Mickey reported on operational and administrative activities of the Board since the last Board meeting. He distributed a financial report which the Board reviewed and discussed with him. On motion by Mr. Loftis, seconded by Dr. Dean, the financial report was approved.

at 12:20 p.m., the Board recessed for a break and resumed the meeting at 1:00 p.m.

At 1:00 p.m., Mrs. Nancy K. Robinson, RVT, former Board member and Board Vice-President, joined the meeting. Dr. Hawkins presented a plaque to Mrs. Robinson thanking her for his service on the Board. Mrs. Robinson left the meeting at 1:15 p.m.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 4

2012026-4  Guy Beretich, DVM - (Vets for Pets) - Mr. & Mrs. Grant Croonquist - Letter of reprimand

2012038-4  Laura Anne Kaylor, DVM - (Arcadia Veterinary Hospital) - Mr. Jeff Block - Letter of reprimand

2012036-4  Dennis Kay Johnson, DVM - (Greenville Veterinary Hospital) - Mr. David Gladson - Letter of reprimand and two recommended $5,000.00 civil monetary penalties.

2012043-4  Norman F. Manning, DVM - (Wake Forest Animal Hospital) - Mr. Brian Hendrickson - Dismissed, No Probable Cause

2012048-4  Jon Christopher Dick, DVM - (Magnolia Animal Hospital) - Ms, Rachel Valeri Carroll - Letter of reprimand and letter of caution.

Following discussion, upon a motion by Dr. Cochran, seconded by Mr. Loftis, which unanimously passed, the Board found the following factors set forth in G.S. § 90-187.8(b)(2) [duration and gravity of the violation]; (b)(3) [the violation was committed willfully or intentionally]; (b)(4) [the violation involved elements of fraud or deception to the client and to the Board]; and (b)(5) [the licensee's prior disciplinary record] as the bases for the two $5,000.00 civil monetary penalties against Dennis Kay Johnson, DVM. in complaint 2012-36-4.

2012012-4  Deborah Ann Cowan, DVM - (Animal Hospital of Walnut Cove) - Ms. Penny Boyles - At the request of Dr. Cowan, the Committee reconsidered its previous decision to issue a letter of caution. Its reconsidered decision remains a letter of caution, but part of the basis for the letter of caution is modified.

Mr. Loftis made a motion to approve the report of Committee on Investigations No. 4. Dr. Cochran seconded the motion. The motion passed with Dr. Gemeinhardt recusing herself with respect to the Dr. Cowan, complaint (No. 2012012-4).

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 3

2012035-3  Ginger Wike Tran, DVM - (Heritage Animal Hospital)- Dawn Lanza, DVM - Letter of reprimand and a recommended $2,500.00 civil monetary penalty.

2012039-3  Guy Patrick McKee, DVM - (Apple Valley Animal Hospital)- Mrs. Jill Murphy - Letter of caution.

2012041-3  Cecilia S. Ho, DVM - (Cat Care Hospital)- Mr. & Mrs. Douglass Caldwell and Ms. Rebecca Feeney - Continued

2012042-3  Byron Ruiz, DVM - (Antech Diagnostic Lab)- Ms. Roberta Aurelia Troy - Dismissed, No Probable Cause.

2012037-3  Rebecca Gail Weaver, DVM - (Animal Emergency Services of Forsyth County)- Mr. Shannon N. Dennis - Dismissed, No Probable Cause

2012044-3  Samuel Green Griffin, DVM - (West Stanly Animal Clinic) - Ms. Sharon Dalfonso - Dismissed, No Probable Cause

2011038-3  Jordan Quinn Jaeger, DVM - (Carolina Veterinary Specialty South Charlotte Medical Center) - Mr. & Mrs. James Wicker - At the request of Dr. Jaeger, the Committee reconsidered its previous decision to issue a letter of caution. The Committee's reconsideration decision, based upon additional information, is: Dismissed, No Probable Cause.

Upon motion by Mr. Loftis, seconded by Dr. Dean, the Board approved the report of Committee on Investigations No. 3.

Following discussion, upon motion by Mr. Loftis, seconded by Dr. Dean, which unanimously passed, the Board assessed a $2,500.00 civil monetary penalty against Ginger Wike Tran, DVM, in complaint 2012035-3 based upon the factors set forth in G.S. § 90-187.8(b)(1) [degree and extent of harm to the public health]; (b)(2)[duration and gravity of the violation]; (b)(3) [the violation was committed willfully or intentionally]; (b)(4) [the violation involved elements of fraud or deception to the client and to the Board]; and (b)(6) [the extent to which the licensee profited by the violation].

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 5

2012019-5  Michael John Thomann, DVM - (Greater Charlotte Mobile Veterinary Clinic) - The Committee found probable cause and directed that a Notice of Hearing be issued.

At 2:35 p.m., the Board recessed for a break and resumed the meeting at 2:50 p.m.

Dr. Gemeinhardt presented information she had compiled from other veterinary licensing boards about disciplinary guidelines. She presented information from Virginia and Oregon, as well as comments obtained from other Boards. Following discussion, the Board took no further action.

Dr. Gemeinhardt made a motion, seconded by Dr. Cochran, to enter into a closed meeting pursuant to G. S. § 143-318.11(a)(5) to discuss personnel matters, including compensation of Board staff. The motion passed unanimously. At 3:25 p.m., the Board entered into closed meeting and returned to open session at 3:55 p.m.

Dr. Cochran made a motion to approve the increased compensation to Board staff that was approved in closed session. Mr. Loftis seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Upon motion of Dr. Gemeinhardt seconded by Dr. Martin the expenses for this Board meeting were approved.

The Board having no further business, upon motion of Mr. Loftis, seconded by Ms. Morgan, the meeting was adjourned at 4:10 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted, 
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

 

 February 19, 2013
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Raleigh, North Carolina

At 1:06 p.m., President Richard Hawkins, D.V.M. called to order the special meeting of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board which was held by conference call. In attendance by telephone were the following Board members: Drs. Dwight E. Cochran, William Dean, Kim Gemeinhardt, Dante Martin and Mr. Jonathan Loftis, R.V.T. Also present by telephone was Board Attorney Mr. Lee Craven. Present in the Board office were Board member David Marshall, Board Attorney Mr. George Hearn and Executive Director, Mr. Thomas Mickey. Ms. Claire Holley, Executive Director of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, was present in the Board meeting room.

Dr. Hawkins reviewed with the Board the Governor's and North Carolina Board of Ethics' statement on recognizing and avoiding conflicts of interest.

The purpose of this meeting was to discuss proposed amendments to the Veterinary Practice Act which would be presented to the current session of the General Assembly.

Given that the proposed amendment to add the Program for the ASsessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE) as a permissible option for license applicants been introduced in the House of Representatives, HB 194, the Board concluded that it does not appear necessary for a PAVE amendment to be introduced in the Senate.

The Board also determined that the legislative proposal concerning license and veterinary registration reinstatement and electronic mail addresses should be introduced in the Senate as one bill, and that the request to increase current caps for Board fees should be introduced in the Senate as a separate Bill.

The Board having no further business, Dr. Hawkins adjourned the meeting was adjourned at 2:24 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted, 
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

 

 March 4, 2013
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Raleigh, North Carolina

At 12:06 p.m., President Richard Hawkins, D.V.M. called to order the special meeting of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board which was held by conference call. In attendance by telephone were the following Board members: Drs. Dwight E. Cochran, William Dean, Kim Gemeinhardt, David Marshall, and Dante Martin; and Mr. Jonathan Loftis, R.V.T. Present by telephone was Board Attorneys Mr. George Hearn and Mr. Lee Craven and Executive Director, Mr. Thomas Mickey.

Dr. Hawkins reviewed with the Board the Governor's and North Carolina Board of Ethics' statement on recognizing and avoiding conflicts of interest.

The purpose of this meeting was to discuss: (1) a proposed amendment to the Veterinary Practice Act regarding reinstatement of veterinary licenses and veterinary technician registrations which had been revoked for non-renewal; and (2) an amendment to Board Rule 21 NCAC 66.0206, which would restrict the number of continuing education credit hours that may be earned in the area of practice management for the renewal of veterinary licenses and veterinary technician registrations.

Prior to the meeting draft amendments for each has been circulated by the Executive Director.

The Board discussed both proposals and approved for submission to the General Assembly this session the Practice Act amendment concerning reinstatement.

The Board next discussed the continuing education amendment to the Administrative Rules. No consensus was reached and the Board will continue its discussion at a future meeting.

The Board having no further business, Dr. Hawkins adjourned the meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted, 
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

 

 April 26, 2013
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Raleigh, North Carolina

At 8:01 a.m., President Richard Hawkins, D.V.M. called to order the regular meeting of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. In attendance were the following Board members: Drs. Dwight E. Cochran, William Dean, Kim Gemeinhardt and David Marshall; Mr. Jonathan Loftis, R.V.T., and Mrs. Katie Morgan. Also present was Board Attorneys, Mr. George Hearn and Mr. Lee Craven. Executive Director, Mr. Thomas Mickey, was present as well.

Dr. Hawkins reviewed with the Board the Governor's and North Carolina Board of Ethics' statement on recognizing and avoiding conflicts of interest.

During review of the February 1, 2013, Board minutes, in order to correct an omission Dr. Marshall made a motion to approve the report that day of Committee No. 5, which motion was seconded by Dr. Gemeinhardt. The motion passed unanimously.

On a motion by Mr. Cochran, seconded by Mr. Loftis, the minutes for the February 1 (as corrected), February 19, and March 4, 2013 Board meetings were approved.

At 8:10 a.m., Warren Pendergast, M.D., Medical Director, and Joseph P. Jordan, PhD., Clinical Director, of the N. C. Physicians Health Program (NCPHP) joined the meeting. Dr. Pendergast and Dr. Jordan presented an update of the status of the N. C. Veterinary Health Program (NCVHP) since the last Board meeting. They also presented information from the NCVHP Compliance Committee and led a discussion with the Board concerning possible expansion of the authority of the Board to require assessments of veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians who are charged with, or who have been convicted of alcohol or controlled drug criminal offenses. Dr. Pendergast and Dr. Jordan left the meeting left the meeting at 8:35 a.m.

The Board discussed the information received from the NCVHP Compliance Committee but ended their discussion without reaching a recommendation or decision at 9:00 a.m.

Mr. Hearn reviewed with the Board his memo of June 2, 2011 concerning reimbursement for travel and lodging expenses pursuant to the State of North Carolina travel policy. The Board anticipates incurring expenses exceeding State-authorized maximum amounts for food and lodging in Pinehurst in connection with the Board meeting scheduled for Ju8ne 27, 2013. Therefore, it will be necessary for the Board to authorize in advance these additional expenditures. The meeting will be held at the same location as the meeting of the N. C. Veterinary Medical Association, allowing the Board to discuss relevant regulatory information with veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians attending the NCVMA convention. The meeting will reasonable enhance the work and functions of the Board. Following discussion, there was a motion by Dr. Cochran, seconded by Dr. Gemeinhardt, pursuant to Mr. Hearn's memorandum of June 2, 2011 to authorize the expenditures for lodging and travel expenses for the meeting up to the amounts actually incurred.

The Board Investigator presented his report on activities since the last Board meeting.

Mr. Mickey reported on operational and administrative activities of the Board since the last Board meeting. He distributed a financial report which the Board reviewed and discussed with him. On motion by Dr. Gemeinhardt, seconded by Dr. Marshall, the financial report was approved.

The Committee on Investigations No. 4 asked to clarify the factors determined by the Board on February 1 for the civil monetary penalties assessed against Dennis Kay Johnson, DVM in complaint 201236-4. The Board again discussed the grounds for the civil monetary penalties. Following discussion, upon motion by Mr. Loftis, seconded by Dr. Cochran, which unanimously passed, the Board found the factor of G.S. § 90-187.8(b)(4) [the violation involved elements of fraud or deception to the client and the Board] to support a $5,000 civil monetary penalty with respect to probable cause of violation of G.S. § 90-187.8(c)(19); and the Board found factors in G.S. 90-187.8(b)(2) [duration and gravity of the violation]; (b)(3) [the violation was committed willfully or intentionally] and (b)(5) [the licensee's prior disciplinary record] to support a separate $5,000.00 civil monetary penalty with respect to probable cause of violation G.S. § 90-187.8(c)(6).

The Board resumed its discussion from its March 4, 2013 meeting regarding an amendment to Board Rule 21 NCAC 66.0206. The proposed amendment would restrict the number of continuing education (CE) credit hours that could be earned in the area of practice management for the renewal of veterinary licenses and veterinary technician registrations. The Board did not adopt the proposal but discussed other parts of the CE rule. Dr. Dean made a motion, seconded by Mr. Loftis, to remove the one-hour restriction for attendance at local sectional association meetings; and to allow an individual serving in the armed forces an extension of time to earn continuing education identical to the extension of time granted by G.S. § 105-249.2 for filing an income tax return. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the request for John Bianco, DVM, for a refund of corporate registration dues that were paid by Quail Roost Veterinary Hospital, P.A. from 2007 to 2012. He also requested reimbursement for the cost of advertisements that he placed in local newspapers to address what he thought was a confusion of veterinary practice facilities names in the Bahama, N.C. area. He concluded that this confusion resulted from Board decisions in 2012 regarding these facility names. Dr. Dean made a motion, seconded by Dr. Cochran, to grant his request. The motion passed unanimously, with Dr. Hawkins abstaining from the discussion and vote.

Dr. Cochran presented information regarding veterinary medications being dispensed at retail pharmacies on prescription orders from veterinarians. He is concerned about insufficient counseling provided to the customers/clients by the pharmacists about the medications. Following discussion, the Board took no further action.

Dr. Cochran presented information concerning veterinary medications that should be dispensed in vials that are a different color from those used for human medications. Following discussion, the Board took no further action.

The Board determined that the Executive Director should attend the September, 2013 American Association of Veterinary State Boards meeting that will be held in Kansas City, Missouri.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 3

2012041-3  Cecilia S. Ho, DVM - (Cat Care Hospital) - Mr. & Mrs. Douglass Caldwell and Ms. Rebecca Feeney - Continued.

2012033-3  Jack V. Hill, DVM - (Gray's Creek Animal Hospital) - Mrs. Mary R. Cunard - Letter of Reprimand and $2,5000 civil monetary penalty.

2012045-3  Jack V. Hill, DVM - (Gray's Creek Animal Hospital) - Mrs. Wanda Barton - Letter of Caution

2012049-3  Joel M. Barden, DVM - (Veterinary Medical Center) - Ms. Beverly Harris - Continued

At 11:55 a.m., the Board recessed for a break and resumed the meeting at 12:25 p.m.

2012051-3  Brian David Lapham, DVM - (Southpoint Animal Hospital) - Ms. Yvette Bikoff - Dismissed, no probable cause

2012053-3  David Alan Conde, DVM - (West Hills Veterinary Centre) - Ms. Nannie Glasscock - Letter of Reprimand and $2,500 civil monetary penalty.

2012054-3  Kimberly Riley, DVM; Gilliam Pantone, DVM; Katherine Boynton, DVM - (Banfield the Pet Hospital - Charlotte and Banfield the Pet Hospital - Apex) - Mr. Aldo Rovito - Dismissed, no probable cause

2012055-3  John Patrick Galligan, DVM - (Fletcher Animal Hospital) - Ms. Barbara Nesbitt - Dismissed, no probable cause

2013002-3  Cynthia Anne Eward, DVM - (VSH) - Mr. J. P. Handsel - continued

2013005-3  Samuel Grady Potter, DVM - (Cope Creek Animal Hospital) - Ms. Belinda Trawick - Dismissed, no probable cause

2012047-3  Marguerite Horstman, DVM - (Woodlawn Animal Hospital) - NCVMB - Based upon the violations at Woodlawn Animal Hospital of minimum health and sanitary standards the Committee recommended that the Board, pursuant to G.S. § 90-186(3), issue a summary emergency order suspending the operation of Woodlawn Animal Hospital and suspending Dr. Marguerite Horstman's veterinary license; and that a Notice of Hearing on the complaint issues be issued within ten days of the issuance of the summary emergency order. Mr. Loftis made a motion to accept the Committee's recommendation. The motion was seconded by Dr. Gemeinhardt, The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Loftis made a motion to approve the report of Committee on Investigations No. 4 [sic]. Dr. Cochran seconded the motion. The motion passed with Dr. Dean and Mrs. Morgan recusing themselves with respect to the two complaints against Dr. Hill, complaints No. 2012033-4 and 2012045-3.

Following discussion, upon motion by Mr. Loftis, seconded by Dr. Cochran, which unanimously passed, the Board found the following factors to support a $2,500 civil monetary penalty on a finding of probable cause of violation of G.S. § 90-187.8(c)(6) against Dr. Jack D. Hill, DVM, in complaint # 2012033-3: G.S. § 90-187.8(b)(1) [degree and extent of harm to the public health] and (b)(2)[duration and gravity of the violation]. Dr. Dean and Mrs. Morgan recused themselves from the vote.

Following discussion, upon motion by Mr. Loftis, seconded by Dr. Dean, which unanimously passed, the Board found the following factors to support a $2,500 civil monetary penalty on a finding of probable cause of violation of G.S. § 90-187.8(c)(6) against Dr. David Alan Conde in complaint # 2012053-3: G.S. § 90-187.8(b)(1) [degree and extent of harm to the public health]; (b)(2)[duration and gravity of the violation]; (b)(3) [the violation reflects a continuing pattern]; (b)(5) [the veterinarian's prior disciplinary record]. Dr. Dean and Mrs. Morgan recused themselves from the vote.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 4

2012046-4  Melissa Bame Beagle, DVM - (Alamance Animal Emergency Hospital)- Dr. April Marklin - Continued

2012052-4  Art R. Taylor, DVM - (Oak Ridge Village Veterinary Clinic)- Mr. Robert Kees - Letter of caution

2013001-4  Matthew K. Wendelken, DVM - (Banfield the Pet Hospital - Burlington)- Ms. Carly Hughes - Letter of caution

2012050-4  Daniel Robinson, DVM - (Grassy Creek Animal Hospital)- Mr. Shawn Gaudet de Lestard - Dismissed, No Probable Cause

2013004-4  Jason Kenneth Thornton, DVM - (Vets for Pets)- Ms. Betty Capps - Letter of reprimand

2013008-4  Donald Fuller, DVM - (Caswell Veterinary Service)- NCVMB - Continued

Dr. Marshall made a motion to approve the report of Committee on Investigations No. 4. Mr. Loftis seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board continued its discuss [sic] from the morning concerning the possible expansion of the authority of the Board to require assessments of veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians who are charged with, or who have been convicted of, alcohol or controlled drug criminal offenses. By consensus the Board approved the concept of requiring assessments and recommended that work be continued on draft language that would meet the requirements of the Rules Review Commission.

Dr. Hawkins appointed a nominating committee composed of Dr. Cochran and Dr. Dean for the 2013-2014 slate of officers. The Committee will report at the next meeting.

Upon motion of Mr. Loftis, seconded by Dr. Marshall, the expenses for this Board meeting were approved.

Committee on Investigations No. 3 reported that it is reconsidering its previous decision against Ginger Wike Tran, DVM, complaint No. 2012035-3, filed by Dawn Lanza, DVM. The Committee will report their findings at the next meeting.

The Executive Director reported that Guy Beretich, DVM has rejected the letter of reprimand issued on March 18, 2013, concerning complaint No. 2012026-4, and he has requested a hearing.

The Executive Director reported that Dr. John Isaacs, DVM has rejected the letter of reprimand issued on March 14, 2013, concerning complaint No. 2012024-4, and he has requested a hearing.

The Board having no further business, upon motion of Mr. Loftis, seconded by Ms. Morgan, the meeting was adjourned at 2:10 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted, 
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

 

 June 27, 2013
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Pinehurst, North Carolina

At 8:00 a.m., President Richard Hawkins, D.V.M. called to order the regular meeting of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. In attendance were the following Board members: Drs. Dwight E. Cochran, William Dean, Kim Gemeinhardt, David Marshall and Dante Martin; Mr. Jonathan Loftis, R.V.T., and Mrs. Katie Morgan. Also present was Board Attorneys, Mr. George Hearn and Mr. Lee Craven. Executive Director, Mr. Thomas Mickey, was present as well.

Dr. Hawkins reviewed with the Board the Governor's and North Carolina Board of Ethics' statement on recognizing and avoiding conflicts of interest.

On a motion by Dr. Marshall, seconded by Dr. Cochran, the minutes for the April 26, 2013 Board meeting was approved.

Mr. Mickey reported on operational and administrative activities of the Board since the last Board meeting. He distributed a financial report which the Board reviewed and discussed with him. On motion by Dr. Gemeinhardt, seconded by Dr. Martin, the financial report was approved.

The Board discussed the status of House Bill 194 and Senate Bill 392. No further action was taken.

The Board Investigator presented his report on activities since the last Board meeting.

At 9:15 a.m., the Board recessed for a break and resumed the meeting at 9:35 a.m.

At 9:35 a.m., Joseph P. Jordan, PhD., Clinical Director, of the N. C. Physicians Health Program (NCPHP) joined the meeting. Dr. Jordan presented an update of the status of the N. C. Veterinary Health Program (NCVHP) since the last Board meeting. Dr. Jordan left the meeting at 9:55 a.m.

Mr. Hearn reviewed with the Board a recent 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision involving the N.C. Board of Dental Examiners. That Board had attempted to use its authority under the Dental Practice Act, including the use of cease-and-desist letters, to prohibit non-dentist teeth whitening operations in the State. The Federal Trade Commission found that the Board violated antitrust laws with the cease-and-desist letters. On May 31, 2013 the Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that the Board's actions had violated antitrust laws.

At 11:05 a.m., Board Attorneys George Hearn and Lee Craven conducted Board member training concerning the Veterinary Practice Act and several other State statutes. This training is required by G.S. § 90B-5(g) so that Board members can better understand their role as Board members and the obligations and limitations of the Veterinary Medical Board as a State agency. The focus of the training was the Veterinary Practice Act; the Board rules; the Administrative Procedure Act; the Open Meeting Act; the Public Records laws; the State Tort Claims Act; and the Defense of State Employees Act. Mr. Hearn and Mr. Craven presented separate legal memoranda about each of the statutes. The presentation resulted in questions, comments and discussion by the Board. The presentation concluded at 12:15 p.m.

At 12:15 p.m., the Board recessed for a break and resumed the meeting at 12:55 p.m.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 3

2012035-3 Ginger Wike Tran, DVM - (Heritage Animal Hospital) - Dawn Lanza, DVM - The Committee reported two decisions. First, the Committee found no probable cause and dismissed Dr. Lanza's complaint about an alleged Board Rule violation. Second, the Committee reconsidered its preliminary decision reported at the February 1, 2013, Board meeting to issue a letter of reprimand and a civil monetary penalty concerning the delivery of veterinary services from an uninspected mobile unit. After reconsideration, the Committee finds no probable cause of violation and dismissed that also.

2012041-3 Cecilia S. Ho, DVM - (Cat Care Hospital) - Mr. & Mrs. Douglass Caldwell and Ms. Rebecca Feeney - The Committee recommended that the Board approve a Consent Order, signed by Dr. Ho, finding violations of the Practice Act and Board Rules, suspending her veterinary license for a period of five years, with the first 30 days being an active suspension and the balance being a stayed suspension. In addition, the Order would impose an $8,000 civil monetary penalty.

2012049-3 Joel M. Barden, DVM - (Veterinary Medical Center) - Ms. Beverly Harris - Continued

2013002-3 Cynthia Ann Eward, DVM - (Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas) - Mr. J.P. Handsel - No probable cause.

2013007-3 Christopher James Eads DVM - (Kernesville Vet Hospital) - Ms. Sheena Blakely - No probable cause

2013003-3 Phillip Scotton, DVM - (Eastern Randolph Veterinary Clinic) - Ms. Jill Baldwin - Letter of Caution

2013014-3 Christina M. Barndt, DVM - (Chocowinity Vet Hospital) - Ms. Erin Markowski - No probable cause

2013012-3 Thomas Alan Wallrichs, DVM - (Animal Hospital of East Burke) - Ms. Sharon Monday - No probable cause

2012033-3 Jack V. Hill, DVM - (Grays' Creek Animal Hospital) - Mrs. Mary R. Cunard - The Committee reconsidered its previous decision to issue a letter of reprimand and recommend a civil monetary penalty. Because the Board could not obtain from the complainant a reply to Dr. Hill's response, the decision is modified and the final decision is to issue a letter of caution, and the recommendation for a civil monetary penalty is withdrawn.

Following discussion, upon motion by Mr. Loftis seconded by Dr. Cochran, which unanimously passed, the Board approved the Consent Order involving Cecilia S. Ho, DVM, in complaint 2012041-3, and the Board assessed her four $2,000.00 civil monetary penalties on the four separate statutory and rule violations cites, and the penalties all are based upon the factors set forth in G. S. § 90-187.8(b)(1) [degree and extend of harm to the public health; (b)(2) [the gravity of the violations]; and (b)(3) the violation was committed willfully or intentionally].

Upon motion by Mr. Loftis, seconded by Dr. Cochran, the Board approved the report of Committee on Investigations No. 3.

At 2:15 p.m., the Board recessed for a break and resumed the meeting at 2:45 p.m.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 4

2012026-5 [sic] Guy Beretich, DVM - (Vet for Pets Animal Hospital)- Mr. and Mrs. Grant Croonquist - The Committee reconsidered its previous decision to issue a letter of reprimand. The Committee reviewed the case and decided to issue a letter of caution.

2012026-4 Melissa Bame Beagle, DVM - (Alamance Animal Emergency Hospital) - Dr. April Marklin - Letter of Reprimand and $500 civil monetary penalty is recommended.

2013008-4 Donald Fuller, DVM - (Caswell Veterinary Service) - NCVMB - Continued

2032011-4 Donna Lynne Tyson, DVM - (Tyson Animal Hospital) - Mrs. Carmen Thorpe - No probable cause

2013015-4 Allison Hackett-Dorn, DVM & Paul Malocha, DVM - (Stage Road Animal Hospital)- Mr. & Mrs. Jeff & Holly Short - No probable cause

2012036-4 Dennis Kay Johnson, DVM - (Greenville Veterinary Hospital )- Mr. David Gladson - The Committee reconsidered its previous decision, reported at the February 1, 2013 Board meeting, to issue a letter of reprimand and recommend two $5,000 civil monetary penalties. Following reconsideration, the Committee reaffirmed its decision to issue a letter of reprimand based upon finding probable cause of violation of G.S. § 90-187.8(c)(6) and reaffirm its previous recommendation of the assessment of a $5,000 civil monetary penalty for this violation. The Committee withdrew it previous finding of probable cause of G.S. § 90-187.8(c)(19) and the previously recommended $5,000 civil monetary penalty. Instead, the Committee issues a letter of caution as to these two issues.

Following discussion, upon motion by Mr. Loftis, seconded by Dr. Gemeinhardt, which unanimously passed, the Board found the following factors set froth in G.S. § 90-187.8(b)(2) [duration and gravity of the violation]; (b)(3) [the violation was committed willfully or intentionally]; and (b)(5) [the licensee's prior disciplinary record] as the bases for a $5,000.00 civil monetary penalty against Dennis Kay Johnson, DVM, in complaint 2012036-4.

Upon motion by Dr. Cochrane, seconded by Dr. Martin, the Board approved the report of Committee on Investigations No. 4.

The Nominations Committee reported the following nominations for officers for the year July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014: Dr. Martin, President; Dr. Marshall, Vice-President; and Dr. Gemeinhardt, Secretary-Treasurer. Upon motion by Dr. Dean, seconded by Dr. Cochrane, the Board elected by acclamation Dr. Martin, Dr. Marshall and Dr. Gemeinhardt to their respective offices for 2013-2014.

Dr. Hawkins shared with the members of the Board his thoughts, recollections and appreciation on serving on the Board for ten years.

Upon motion of Dr. Marshall, seconded by Mr. Loftis, the expenses for this Board meeting were approved.

The Board having no further business, upon motion of Dr. Cochrane, seconded by Mr. Loftis, the meeting was adjourned at 3:55 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

 

September 6, 2013
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Raleigh, North Carolina

At 8:00 a.m., President Dante Martin, D.V.M. called to order the regular meeting of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. In attendance were the following Board members: Drs. Dwight E. Cochran, William Dean, Kim Gemeinhardt, David Marshall and Richard Hawkins; Mr. Jonathan Loftis, R.V.T., and Mrs. Katie Morgan. Also present was Board Attorneys, Mr. George Hearn and Mr. Lee Craven. Executive Director, Mr. Thomas Mickey, was present as well.

Dr. Martin reviewed with the Board the Governor's and North Carolina Board of Ethics' statement on recognizing and avoiding conflicts of interest.

On a motion by Dr. Marshall, seconded by Dr. Cochran, the minutes for the June 27, 2013 Board meeting was approved.

At 8:05 a.m., Joseph P. Jordan, PhD., Clinical Director, of the N. C. Physicians Health Program (NCPHP) joined the meeting. Dr. Jordan presented an update of the status of the N. C. Veterinary Health Program (NCVHP) since the last Board meeting. He requested the contract between the Board and NCVHP be changed from a six month contract to a yearly contract. The Board asked Dr. Jordan to present an educational session at the next Board meeting. Dr. Jordan left the meeting 8:25 a.m.

Dr. Marshall made a motion, seconded by Dr. Cochran, that when the contract comes up for renewal in January, 2014, it be for a one-year period. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board set a preliminary hearing date of November 13, 2013 for complaint 2008042-2 filed by Ms. Cynthia Robinson against Dennis Kay Johnson, DVM. The Board also set a hearing date of January 30, 2014 for complaint 2011005-6 initiated by the Board against Mitzi Denise Elliot, DVM.

Dr. Martin directed some changes to the current committee structures: Jonathan Loftis, RVT will replace Dr. Hawkins on what was Committee 4, which hereafter will be designated Committee 8, composed of Dr. Cochran, Chair, Dr. Dean and Mr. Loftis. The chair of Committee 3 will change from Dr. Martin to Dr. Gemeinhardt. The third member of the Committee will continue to be Dr. Marshall.

Mr. Mickey reported on the activities of the investigator since the last Board meeting.

Mr. Mickey reported on operational and administrative activities of the Board since the last Board meeting. He distributed a financial report which the Board reviewed and discussed with him. .

At 9:05 a.m., the Board recessed for a break. The meeting resumed at 9:15 a.m.

Dr. Martin made a motion, seconded by Dr. Gemeinhardt, to convene the Hearing Panel for Board initiated complaint # 2012047-3 against Marguerite B. Horstman, DVM. The motion passed unanimously.

The Hearing Panel was called to order by the Chair, Dr. Hawkins. The other members of the Panel were Dr. Cochran, Dr. Dean, Mr. Loftis and Mrs. Morgan. Dr. Hawkins recognized Mr. Hearn who reported that Dr. Horstman wished to resolve the issues contained in the Notice of Hearing by entering into a Consent Order. On behalf of committee on Investigations No. 3, Mr. Hearn had prepared a Consent Order which he reviewed with the Panel. The Consent Order:l

1) Shall remain in effect for ten (10) years unless subsequently modified by the Board.

2) Resolved the issues in the Board's Summary Emergency Order and Notice of Hearing of May 3, 2013.

3) Cancels the suspension of Dr. Horstman's veterinary license and her license is restored to active status.

4) Permanently closed Woodlawn Animal Hospital.

5) Prohibits Dr. Horstman from directly or indirectly having an ownership interest in, or leasing, or managing any veterinary medical facility.

Dr. Horstman signed the Consent Order on July 17,2013.

Dr. Hawkins made a motion, seconded by Mr. Loftis, to approve Consent Order. The motion passed unanimously. The Hearing Panel adjourned and the Board returned to regular session at 9:25 a.m.

Dr. Marshall presented to the Board correspondence from Lt. Col. Andrea Mullen, DVM. of the U.S. Army Reserves 109th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services and Spencer F. Brady, an Intern with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Rural Health and Community Care, regarding the U.S. Army's Appalachian Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) "Appalachian Care" Mission. Their emails explained that the Mission is scheduled for June 1-14, 2014 in 14 counties in western N.C., northern Georgia and eastern S.C. As part of the Mission, a veterinary team will be stationed in Murphy and Bryson City and will provide spay and neuter surgeries and preventative medical care for dogs and cats. Equine services will be provided but would be limited to vaccinations against zoonotic diseases. The Board discussed the licensing elements of the Mission and its need to comply with the minimum facility and practice standards of Board Rule 21 NCAC 66.0207 and with the requirements of facilities providing limited veterinary services under Board Rule 21 NCAC 66.0208. The Executive Director will communicate to Lt. Col. Mullen and Mr. Brady that the Board will not approve the Veterinary aspects of the Mission until the Board's concerns have been met.

Mr. Mickey requested permission for him and Dr. Gemeinhardt to attend the next Federation of Association of Regulatory Boards (FARB) meeting in January, 2014 in Austin, Texas. Upon motion by Dr. Martin, seconded by Dr. Cochran, the Board unanimously approved their attendance.

Ronald Jeffrey Martin, DVM, had requested by email to the Board that he be allowed to sit for the N.C. Veterinary State Examination. Following a review of the Board's May, 2009 decision to deny his application for licensure, Dr. Martin made a motion to reaffirm the Board's pervious decision. Dr. Gemeinhardt seconded the motion. Following discussion, Dr. Martin withdrew his motion. Dr. Marshall made a motion, seconded by Dr. Martin, to allow Dr. Ronald Martin to submit an application to sit for the State Examination. Following the receipt of the application, it will be reviewed by the Board. The motion passed unanimously.

Craig Harms, DVM, PhD, requested information from the Board on licensing requirements for veterinarians who are investigating the possibility of morbillivirus in dolphins that frequent North Carolina waters. The Executive Director will send a letter to Dr. Harms thanking him for the information and communicating that a veterinary license is not required as the dolphins in question are not 'owned" and considered wildlife.

The Board discussed scheduling its summer 2014 meeting at the location and date of the meeting North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (NCVMA) that will be held in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Dr. Martin made a motion seconded by Dr. Cochran, that the Board schedule its meeting at the same time and date as the NCVMA meeting. The motion passed with Dr. Dean, Dr. Hawkins, Dr. Marshall and Mrs. Morgan in favor and Dr. Cochran, Dr. Gemeinhardt and Mr. Loftis opposed.

The Board set the 2014 meeting dates to be:

Committee 8
Committee 3
Board
January 16, 2014 January 30, 2014 (PM) January 31, 2014
March 20, 2014 (pm) March 27, 2014 March 28, 2014
May 22, 2014 May 29, 2014 May 30, 2014
July 3, 2014 July 9, 2014 July 10, 2014 (Myrtle Beach)
August 28, 2014 September 4, 2014 September 5, 2014
November 6, 2014 November 13, 2014 November 14, 2014

 

At 10:40 a.m. the Board recessed for a break and resumed the meeting at 10:50 a.m.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 3

2012049-3  Joel M. Barden, DVM - (Veterinary Medical Center) - Ms. Beverly Harris - The Committee found probable cause and directed that the Notice of Hearing.

2013011-3  George C. Brooks, DVM - (Brevard Animal Hospital) and Randolph Wetzel, DVM (Regional Emergency Care Hospital of Asheville - Mr. & Mrs. Jodey Simpson - The Committee found no probable cause.

2013021-3  Anna Melissa Hudson, DVM - (Northwoods Animal Hospital of Cary ) - Ms. Patricia Ehrlickman - No probable cause.

2013010-3  Amo Baldwin Burbridge, DVM - (Alamance Veterinary Hospital) - Ms. Brittany Brewer - No probable cause.

The Committee reported in their review of the application of Ms. Kellie L. Godfrey for registration as a Registered Veterinary Technician. The Committee recommended that she be denied a registration because of her failure to truthfully answer questions on the application, her pending DWI charge and her unwillingness to participate in a program withe the N.C. Veterinary Physicians Health Program.

Upon motion by Mr. Loftis, seconded by Dr. Hawkins, the Board approved the report of Committee on Investigations No. 3.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 4

2013008-4  Donald Fuller, DVM - (Caswell Veterinary Service) - NCVMB - Letter of Caution.

2013013-4  Kimberly Ann Sheaffer, DVM and Jennifer Lyn Merlo, DVM - (CVS - Matthews) - Mrs. Jennifer Melvin - Continued.

2013018-4  Daniel James Wilson, DVM - (A Country Veterinary Clinic) - Ms. Jennah C. Bosch, RVT - Letter of Caution.

2013009-4  Jane A. Barber, DVM - (Veterinary Spec. Hospital at the Lake) - Mr. Nolan Huffman - Letter of Caution.

2013020-4  Stuart Hicks, DVM - (Hicks Animal Clinic) - Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Jackson - Letter of Caution.

2012024-4  John H. Isaacs, DVM - (Quail Corners Animal Hospital) - Ms. Lori Doremus - Following reconsideration, the Committee found no probable cause and dismissed the complaint. 

2012036-4 Dennis Kay Johnson, DVM - (Greenville Veterinary Hospital) - Mr. David Gladson - The Committee reported that on September 16, 2013, Dr. Johnson rejected the previously-issued letter of reprimand and has requested a hearing.

At 12:25 p.m., the Board recessed for a break and resumed the meeting at 1:15 p.m.

2012004-4  Jason Kenneth Thornton, DVM - (Vets for Pets) - Ms. Betty Capps - The Committee is reconsidering its previous decision to issue a letter of reprimand, and the case is continued until next meeting.

Upon motion by Mr. Loftis, seconded by Dr. Marshall, the Board approved the report of Committee on Investigations No. 4.

Upon motion of Dr. Gemeinhardt, seconded by Dr. Cochran, the expenses for this Board meeting were approved.

The Board having no further business, upon motion of Dr. Hawkins, seconded by Mr. Loftis, the meeting was adjourned at 1:30 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

 November 15, 2013
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Raleigh, North Carolina

At 8:00 a.m., President Dante Martin, D.V.M. called to order the regular meeting of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. In attendance were the following Board members: Drs. Dwight E. Cochran, William Dean, Kim Gemeinhardt, David Marshall and Richard Hawkins; and Mr. Jonathan Loftis, R.V.T. Also present was Board Attorneys, Mr. George Hearn and Mr. Lee Craven. Executive Director, Mr. Thomas Mickey, was present as well.

Dr. Martin reviewed with the Board the Governor's and North Carolina Board of Ethics' statement on recognizing and avoiding conflicts of interest.

On a motion by Dr. Marshall, seconded by Dr. Gemeinhardt, the minutes for the September 6, 2013 Board meeting was approved.

At 8:10 a.m., Joseph P. Jordan, PhD., Clinical Director, of the N. C. Physicians Health Program (NCPHP) joined the meeting. Dr. Jordan presented an update of the status of the N. C. Veterinary Health Program (NCVHP) since the last Board meeting. Dr. Jordan gave a presentation on addiction. Dr. Jordan left the meeting 8:45 a.m.

Dr. Martin reported that he had attended a Patterson University Practice Management course and felt it was very informative. A motion to place no limitations on practice management continuing education hours was made by Dr. Marshall and seconded by Dr. Martin. The motion passed unanimously.

At 10:00 a.m., the Board recessed for a break. The meeting resumed at 10:05 a.m.

The Board Investigator presented his report on activities since the last Board meeting

Mr. Mickey reported on operational and administrative activities of the Board since the last Board meeting. He distributed a financial report which the Board reviewed and discussed with him.

Mr. Loftis and Dr. Gemeinhardt reported on their attendance of the September American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) meeting that was held in Kansas City. Dr. Gemeinhardt also reported on her attendance of a Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners meeting and their possible merger with the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

The Board scheduled Dr. Dennis Johnson's hearing for January 16, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. with a backup date of January 21, 2014. Committee on Investigations No. 8 will reschedule its meeting to January 9, 2014 at noon if the hearing is held on January 16.

Under old business, the Board reviewed additional information received concerning the U.S. Army's Appalachian Innovative Readiness Training "Appalachian Care" Mission. The information received stated the mission will be limited to the administration of rabies vaccine. Given this information no action is required by the Board.

The Board reviewed the N.C. Veterinary State Examination application of Dr. John Wesley Reese Dunn. Dr, Hawkins motioned that Dr. Wesley Reese Dunn be allowed to set for the NC Practice Act exam. Dr. Martin seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Loftis and Dr. Gemeinhardt wrote a proposed rule change in the definition of Registered Veterinary Technician for the Practice Act. Discussion took place and Mr. Hearn will assist them with terminology,

At Noon, the Board recessed for a lunch break and resumed the meeting at 12:30 p.m.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 3

2013019-3  Greg Jordan, DVM; Patrick Broshar, DVM - (Animal Hospital of Mebane) and Sharon Anthony, DVM (All Paws Pet Emergency Hospital) - Ms. Jennifer Gregory - The Committee found no probable cause for all doctors.

2013024-3  Timothy Jordan, DVM - (Cross Creek Animal Hospital) - Ms. Jennifer Lasecki - Continued.

2013022-3  Dennis Kay Johnson, DVM - (All Pets Hospital for Animals) - Ms. Alberta Ortiz -Board to issue Summary Emergency Order to suspend his license and issue a Notice of Hearing in conjunction with complaint 2012036-4.

2013026-3  James M. Harrell, DVM - (Reidsville Veterinary Hospital) - Ms. Karen Walker - Letter of Reprimand and $500 civil monetary penalty.

2013028-3  Carroll F. Williams, DVM - (Carolina Veterinary Hospital) - Mr. Robert Richardson - No probable cause.

Dr. Marshall made a motion to accept the Committee on Investigations No. 3 report for the Dr. Jordan, Dr. Harrell and Dr. Williams complaints. Dr. Martin seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Following discussion, upon motion by Dr. Marshall, seconded by Dr. Martin, which unanimously passed, the Board found the following factors set forth in G.S. § 90-187.8(b)(3) [the violation was committed wilfully or intentionally]; and (b)(5) [the licensee's prior disciplinary record] as the bases for a $500.00 civil monetary penalty against James M. Harrell, DVM, in complaint 2013028-3.

Dr. Marshall motioned to accept the recommendation of a Summary Emergency Order and Notice of Hearing for Dr. Dennis Johnson as a result of the finding in complaints no. 2013022-3 and 2013036-4. [sic] Mr. Loftis seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 4

2013013-4  Kimberly Ann Sheaffer, DVM and Jennifer Lyn Merlo, DVM - (CVS - Matthews) - Mrs. Jennifer Melvin - Letter of Reprimand and $2,500 civil monetary penalty for Dr. Sheaffer; the case against Dr. Merlo to be continued.

2013004-4  Jason Kenneth Thornton, DVM - (Vets for Pets) - Ms. Betty Capps- Letter of Reprimand.

Following discussion, upon motion by Dr. Cochran, seconded b y Dr. Gemeinhardt which unanimously passed, the Board found the following factors set for the G.S. § 90-187.89b)(1) [the degree and extent of harm to the public health or to the animal under the licensee's care]; (b)(2) [the duration and gravity of the violation]; and (b)(5) [the prior disciplinary record with the Board] as bases for a $2,5000 civil monetary penalty against Kimberly Ann Sheaffer, DVM, in complaint 2013013-4.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 8

2013017-8  Allison Clark Canter, DVM - (Middle Creek Veterinary Hospital) - Ms. Kaitlyn Hill Anding - No probable cause.

2013023-8  Derrich A. Phillips, DVM - (Charlotte Veterinary Emergency & Trauma Center) - Ms. Arlene McCarthy - Letter of Reprimand for inadequate initial diagnosis and communication.

2013025-8  James R. Bassett, DVM and Michelle Purnell, DVM - (CVS) - Ms. Kathy Bean- No probable cause.

2013029-8  Samuel Green Griffin, DVM - (West Stanly Animal Clinic) - Ms. Deborah Johnson - Letter of Caution with cautionary words.

2013031-8  Gina Marie Scarzella, DVM - (College Road Animal Hospital) - Mr. Jarrod Holland - No probable cause

Dr. Hawkins made a motion to approve the report of Committee on Investigations No. 8. Dr. Gemeinhardt seconded the motion. The motion passed with Dr. Cochran recusing himself with respect to the Allison Clark Canter, DVM complaint (No. 2013017-8).

Upon motion of Mr. Loftis, seconded by Dr. Gemeinhardt, the expenses for this Board meeting were approved.

The Board having no further business, upon motion of Dr. Cochran, seconded by Dr. Gemeinhardt, the meeting was adjourned at 3:10 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

 


 

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