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2016 Minutes of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board
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 January 16, 2016 MINUTES
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Raleigh, North Carolina

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At 3:05 p.m., President Kim D. Gemeinhardt, D.V.M. called to order an emergency meeting of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. In attendance by telephone Board members: Drs. Kim Gemeinhardt, William K. Dean, Dwight E. Cochran, Susan K. Bull, Jane A. Barber, Douglas Meckes, and Mrs. Katie O. Morgan. Also present by telephone was Board Attorney Mr. George Hearn. Executive Director Mr. Thomas Mickey and Deputy Director Mr. Jonathan Loftis were present as well.

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

The Board reviewed the Consent Order the Board entered into with Paula K. Bullock, DVM to resolve complaints # 2014037-1 (Mr. Blake Barrington), #2014026-2 (Ms. Shelly Parisi Reaves), and #2014053-2 (Ms. Elizabeth Hathaway). The order called for an active suspension of Dr. Bullock's veterinary license starting on February 1, 2016. Jeremy Browner, Esq. communicated by email to Mr. Hearn a request on Dr. Bullock for a delay of the active suspension until April or May 2016. Following discussion and a motion by Dr. Gemeinhardt, seconded by Dr. Meckes, the Board unanimously voted to delay the request.

The Board having no further business, upon motion of Dr. Cochran, seconded by Dr. Barber, the meeting was adjourned at 3:15 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

 

 February 11, 2016 MINUTES
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Raleigh, North Carolina

 

 

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At 8:00 a.m., President Kim D. Gemeinhardt, D.V.M. called to order the regular meeting of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. In attendance were the following Board members: Drs. William K. Dean, Dwight E. Cochran, Susan K. Bull, Jane A. Barber; and Mrs. Katie O. Morgan. Also present was Board Attorneys Mr. George Hearn and Mr. Lee Craven. Executive Director Mr. Thomas Mickey and Deputy Director Mr. Jonathan Loftis were present as well.

Dr. Gemeinhardt reviewed with the Board the Governor's and the North Carolina Board of Ethics' statement on recognizing and avoiding conflicts of interest. She also reviewed § G.S. 90-179 of the North Carolina Veterinary Practice Act.

On motion by Dr. Bull, seconded by Dr. Dean, the minutes for the December 3, 2015 Board meeting and the January 12, 2016 Emergency Meeting were approved.

At 8:05 a.m., Joseph P. Jordan, PhD., Executive Director of the N. C. Physicians Health Program (NCPHP), joined the meeting. Dr. Jordan presented an update on the status of the N.C. Veterinary Health Program (NCVHP) since the last Board meeting. Dr. Jordan presented a spreadsheet with approximate costs for patient monitoring and treatment programs.

A contract between the Board and the North Carolina Physicians Health Program (NCPHP), to provide for the administration of an impaired veterinary personnel program for the period from February 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017, was presented by Mr. Hearn to the Board for approval. Upon a motion made by Dr. Cochran and seconded by Dr. Barber, the contract was approved. Dr. Jordan left the meeting at 8:35 a.m.

The Board Investigator gave a report of his activities since the last meeting. He gave a brief report of the Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards (FARB) meeting he attended in January, 2016.

Dr. Gemeinhardt reported to the Board that Frederick Schmid, DVM, has been hired as the new practice facility inspector for the western part of North Carolina.

At 9:34 a.m. the Board recessed for a ten minute break and returned at 9:44 a.m.

Following discussion the Board rescheduled the March 24, 2016, Board meeting to April 7, 2016.

The Executive Director reported on operational and administrative activities of the Board since the December 3, 2015 Board meeting. He distributed a financial report which the Board reviewed and discussed.

Dr. Cochran reported on his presentation to the USDA Accreditation class, which was well received.

At 11:45 a.m. Jonathan Loftis, Deputy Director, gave a report on two online continuing education courses offered by Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. The first course is an 18 hour program entitled, "Veterinary Law & Ethics". The second course is a 6 hour program on "Veterinary Medical Records". The instructor for both programs is James F. Wilson, DVM, JD. Mr. Loftis reported that both are excellent programs. Mr. Loftis also gave a brief report on the Federations of Associations of Regulatory Boards Conference he attended in January, 2016 in Clearwater, Florida.

At 12:15 p.m. the Board recessed for lunch and reconvened at 12:43 p.m. for a working lunch

The Board reviewed the request from Christine A. Uhlinger, VMD for the extension of time to complete her continuing educations requirements for the 2016 renewal period. Dr. Bull made a motion to grant her an extension until June 30, 2016. The motion was seconded by Dr. Cochran and unanimously approved.

Dr. Meckes joined the Board meeting at 12:50 p.m.

Dr. Bull recused herself from the discussion concerning Mark E. Forde, DVM and left the room. The Board then reviewed the request from Dr. Forde for an extension of time to complete his continuing educations requirements for the 2016 renewal period. Dr. Dean made a motion to grant him an extension until April 1, 2016. Dr. Cochran seconded the motion and was approved. Dr. Bull returned to the meeting following the vote on this request.

At 12:55 p.m., pursuant to G. S. § 90-143-318.11(a)(3), Dr. Barber made a motion, seconded by Dr. Dean, and unanimously passed to enter into closed session for discussion of a Simplified Employer Pension Individual Retirement Account Contribution.

at 1:38 p.m. the Board reconvened in open session.

Barry L. Reed, DVM requested approval from the Board to sit for the North Carolina Veterinary State Examination and to be licensed should he pass the examination. Dr. Bull made a motion to accept Dr. Reed's application. The motion was seconded by Dr. Cochran, and passed unanimously.

Data risk liability insurance coverage was discussed by the Board and upon Mr. Mickey's recommendation, Dr. Bull made a motion to purchase a policy with a $1,000,000.00 per annual term limit a retention limit of $2,500 per claim. Dr. Cochran seconded the motion which was unanimously approved.

At 1:52 p.m. Dr. Meckes left the Board Meeting.

A proposed revision to 21 NCAC 66.0106, entitled, "Current Information required by the Board," was presented to the Board. Dr. Cochran made a motion to accept the proposed revision. Dr. Barber seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board discussed veterinary technology programs at schools in North Carolina delivering veterinary services to the public. Dr. Cochran made a motion that those schools will have to be registered as a facility and inspected as such. Dr. Barber seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

The Board discussed who would represent the Board at the September 22-24, 2016 meeting of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) and the Federations of Associations of Regulatory Board's (FARB) Conference on September 29-October 2, 2016. Dr. Cochran made a motion to authorize Dr. Gemeinhardt (AAVSB Board member), Dr. Bull (delegate), Dr. Barber and Mr. Mickey as the attendees to the AAVSB meeting; and Mr. Loftis and Dr. Dean as the attendees of the 2016 FARB meeting. Mrs. Morgan seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

Mr. Mickey and Mr. Loftis reported on their attendance at Legislative meetings concerning the State's occupational licensing boards.

At 2:28 p.m. the Board recessed for a break and reconvened at 2:40 p.m.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 1

2015027-1 Jeff D. Wilkins, DVM (Elon Animal Hospital ) - Mr. & Mrs. David Witzel - Letter of reprimand, $500.00 civil monetary penalty, and 10 hours additional continuing education

Following discussion, upon motion by Dr. Cochran, seconded by Mrs. Morgan, which unanimously passed, the Board found the following factors set forth in G. S. § 90-187.8(b)(1) [degree and extent of harm to the public health]; and (b)(2) [the gravity of the violations], to support the $500.00 civil monetary penalty against Dr. Jeff D. Wilkins, DVM, in complaint 2015027-1.

2015023-1 Jordan Quinn Jaeger, DVM (Carolina Veterinary Spec. -South Charlotte) - Dr. James Armstrong - Letter of Caution

 

Dr. Gemeinhardt recused herself from the discussion concerning Dr. Schmunk DVM and left the room.

2015033-1 James G. Schmunk, DVM; Linda Miller Overcash, DVM; Joni Brooke Vestal Allgood, DVM (North Davidson Veterinary Hospital) - Ms. Belinda S. Wagner - Letter of Reprimand and $2,500.00 civil monetary penalty for Dr. Schmunk; No probable cause for both Dr. Overcash and Dr. Allgood.

Following discussion, upon motion by Dr. Cochran, seconded by Mrs. Morgan, which unanimously passed, the Board found the following factors set forth in G. S. § 90-187.8(b)(1) [degree and extent of harm to the public health]; and (b)(2) [the gravity of the violations], to support the $2,500.00 civil monetary penalty against Dr. James G. Schmunk, DVM, in complaint 2015033-1.

Dr. Gemeinhardt returned to the meeting.

2015044-1 Charles Thomas Steinman, DVM (Salisbury Animal Hospital) - Mr. Frank White - Continued

2015037-1 Adam Joseph Birkenheuer, DVM; Michael Warren Nolan, DVM; Krista L. Kelsey, DVM ( NCSU-CVM) - Mr. Edward R. Morrell - No probable cause

2015039-1 Melissa Bame Massey, DVM (Countryside Mobile Veterinary Service) - Ms. Tina L. Brantley - Continued

2015038-1 Audra A. Cinalli-Munoz, DVM; Diego Ignacio Munoz, DVM (High Point Veterinary Hospital) - Mr. & Mrs. Danny Turner - No probable cause

2015035-1 Sonja Michelle Steelman Szymeczek, DVM (Points East Veterinary Specialty Hospital) - Mr. & Mrs. Roy & Kathy Oldham - No probable cause

2015043-1 Tanya S. Burtis, DVM (Waxhaw Animal Hospital) - Ms. Kathleen Patterson - No probable cause

2015032-1 Holly Brooke Hinson, DVM and Lissette Marie Leon, DVM (Banfield Pet Hospital) - Ms. Sandra Mariotte - reconsidered - The Letter of reprimand for Dr. Hinson as reported at the December 3, 2015 left unchanged; and upon reconsideration a finding of no probable cause for Dr. Leon

Dr. Cochran made a motion to accept the report of the Committee on Investigations No. 1 with Dr. Cochran recusing himself from voting on Complaint 2015035 and Dr. Gemeinhardt recusing herself from Complaint 2015033-1. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Morgan. The motion passed unanimously.


Report of Committee on Investigations No. 2

2014054-2  Poppy Masterson, DVM - (Affordable Animal Care Spay Neuter Clinic) - Mr. and Mrs. Randy Nevils - Continued

Dr. Bull made a motion to accept the report of Committee on Investigations No. 2. Dr. Cochran seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


Report of Committee On Investigations No. 5

2015034-5  Robert C. Rigsby, Jr., DVM (Hampstead Animal Hospital) - Ms.Gerri DelTondo - No probable cause

2015028-5  Felicitas Brigitte Noeller, DVM (Lakeview Veterinary Hospital) - Mr. & Mrs. Jason Cagle - Letter of caution

2015036-5  Steven A. Walker, DVM (Countryside Animal Hospital) - Ms. Lauri Norris - No probable cause

2015041-5  Larry S. Paul, Jr., DVM (Havelock Animal Hospital) and George Ericson Wheelis, DVM (Animal Hospital of New Bern) - Ms. Laura Collins - No probable cause for both

2015042-5  Elizabeth Ann Rinker, DVM (Belmont Animal Hospital) - NCVMB - Continued

2015045-5  Dennis Kay Johnson, DVM (All Pets Hospital for Animals) - Ms. Donna Carter - Letter of caution

Dr. Bull made a motion to accept the Report of Committee on Investigations No. 5. Mrs. Morgan seconded the motion. The motion was approved, with Dr. Dean recusing himself from the vote on complaint 2015045-5.


Report of Committee on Investigations No. 3

2015008-3  Laura de Marchena Greene, DVM - (NCSU-CVM) - Ms. Lorri Warner - reconsidered - No probable cause

Dr. Bull made a motion to accept the report of Committee on Investigations No. 3. Dr. Barber seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

The Board having no further business, upon motion of Dr. Barber, seconded by Dr. Cochran, the meeting was adjourned at 4:34 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

 

April 7, 2016 MINUTES
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Raleigh, North Carolina

 

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At 8:00 a.m., President Kim D. Gemeinhardt, D.V.M. called to order the regular meeting of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. In attendance were the following Board members: Drs. William K. Dean, Susan K. Bull, Jane A. Barber, R. Douglas Meckes; and Mrs. Katie O. Morgan. Also present was Board Attorney Mr. George Hearn, and Executive Director Mr. Thomas Mickey.

Dr. Gemeinhardt reviewed with the Board the Governor's and the North Carolina Board of Ethics' statement on recognizing and avoiding conflicts of interest. She also reviewed § G.S. 90-179 of the North Carolina Veterinary Practice Act.

On motion by Dr. Bull, seconded by Mrs. Morgan, the minutes for the February 11, 2016 Board meeting were approved.

In the absence of Joseph P. Jordan, PhD., Executive Director of the N. C. Physicians Health Program (NCPHP), Dr. Barber reported on information on how other states and Boards deal with driving while impaired charges. She discussed how this information relates to the provisions in the Veterinary Practice Act set forth in G. S. § 90-187.15(c)(iii) and (iv).

At 8:20 a.m. Board member Dwight E. Cochran, DVM joined the meeting.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 5

2015042-5 Elizabeth Ann Rinker, DVM (Belmont Animal Hospital ) - Board initiated complaint - Dismissed

2015046-5 Ina (Maria) Broadwell Mendoza, DVM (Stage Road Animal Hospital ) - Dr. Stacy Furgang - Letter of caution

Dr. Dean made a motion to accept the report of Committee on Investigations No. 5. Mrs. Morgan seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Dr. Cochran left the meeting at 8:30 a.m.

At 8:30 a.m. Mrs. Kelly Loftis joined the meeting. Mrs Loftis is the widow of former Board member Jonathan Loftis, RVT, who at the time of his sudden death in March, was the Deputy Director of the Board. Dr. Kim Gemeinhardt presented Mrs. Loftis a plaque for his service as a Board member. Mrs. Loftis expressed her appreciation to the Board, and after the Board members expressed their sympathy to her, she left the meeting at 8:45 a.m.

The Board Investigator gave a report of his activities since the last meeting.

Dr. Meckes discussed with the Board his difficulties in filling veterinary positions in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System because of the eligibility requirements for these positions. The personnel requirements of the Human Resources Department limit applicants for some veterinary positions in the State Laboratory System from hiring some highly qualified veterinarians who are ineligible for licensure because they have graduated from an unaccredited veterinary college in a foreign country. Some of these positions are going unfilled and are in danger of being eliminated. The Laboratory System needs to be able to employ qualified veterinarians to help fulfill its mission of providing veterinary laboratory services for the State and its citizens. The Board discussed this issue generally. Among the ideas discussed was the possibility of adopting a rule for granting a limited veterinary license as currently authorized by G. S. § 90-181(4). The Board and staff attorney will work on this issues with Dr. Meckes.

The Board revisited who will represent the Board at the September 22-24, 2016 meeting of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB), and at the Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards (FARB) Conferences on September 29-October 2, 2016. Dr. Gemeinhardt (AAVSB Board member, Dr. Bull (delegate), and Mr. Mickey will represent the Board at the AAVSB meeting; and Dr. Dean and Dr. Barber will represent the Board at the FARB meeting.

At 9:35 a.m. the Board recessed for a break and reconvened at 9:50 a.m.

At 9:55 a.m., pursuant to G.S. § 143-318.11(a)(3), Dr. Barber made a motion, seconded by Dr. Dean, and unanimously passed to enter into closed session for discussion of acquisition of real property.

At 10:20 a.m. the Board reconvened in open session.

Dr. Bull made a motion, seconded by Dr. Barber, to approved the discussion of the closed session and its directions to its attorney. The motion passed unanimously.

Following discussion the Board rescheduled the March 24, 2016, Board meeting to April 7, 2016.

The Executive Director reported on operational and administrative activities of the Board since the February 11, 2016 Board meeting. He distributed a financial report which the Board reviewed and discussed.

Dr. Dean presented an idea to the Board that it should formally recognize veterinarians for exceptional deeds performed by them in their professional activities by presenting them with a plaque or an award. Mrs. Morgan made a motion to establish a "Shining Star" award as proposed by Dr. Dean. Following discussion the motion was tabled to allow for further research on what the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association and other Boards award. This will be discussed at the next Board meeting.

The Board reviewed the request from Cara L. Ahn, DVM for an extension of time to complete her continuing educations requirements for the 2016 renewal period. Dr. Barber made a motion to grant her an extension until May 31, 2016, contingent upon her providing proof of registration for the May, 2016 conference Dr. Ahn references in her letter. . The motion was seconded by Dr. Meckes and unanimously approved.

At 11:30 a.m. the Board recessed for a break and and reconvened at 11:35 a.m.

The Executive Director reported on a meeting of the Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee of the North Carolina General Assembly. He presented copies of Draft Bill 2015-TQz-40[v.7] and Draft Bill 2015 SBz021[V.6]. These measures if adopted would affect certain aspects of most occupational licensing boards. No further action was taken.

At 12:03 p.m. the Board recessed for lunch and reconvened at 12:40 p.m.

Dr. Bull recused herself from the discussion concerning Mark E. Forde, DVM and left the room. The Board then reviewed the request from Dr. Forde for an extension of time to complete his continuing educations requirements for the 2016 renewal period. Dr. Dean made a motion to grant him an extension until May 13, 2016. Dr. Barber seconded the motion and the motion passed. A letter will be sent to Dr. Forde reminding him of the seriousness of this matter and that he is required to pay the $50.00 late fee. Dr. Bull returned to the meeting following the vote on this request.

On behalf of Joseph P. Jordan, PhD., the Executive Director of the N.C. Veterinary Medical Board, presented the NCVHP report to the members of the Board.

With the Board having received no public comment to the proposed rule amendment, Dr. Barber made a motion to approve the rule change to 21 NCAC 66.0105 entitled, "Current Information required by the Board". Dr. Bull seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Dr. Dean made a motion to approve the expenses for the Board Meeting, which was seconded by Dr. Barber. The motion passed unanimously.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 2

2014054-2  Poppy Masterson, DVM - (Affordable Animal Care Spay Neuter Clinic) - Mr. and Mrs. Randy Nevils - Continued

 

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 1

2015039-1 Melissa Bame Massey, DVM (Countryside Mobile Veterinary Service) - Ms. Tina L. Brantley - Continued

2015044-1 Charles Thomas Steinman, DVM (Salisbury Animal Hospital) - Mr. Frank White - No probable cause

Dr. Gemeinhardt recused herself from the discussion concerning James G. Schmunk, DVM and left the room.

2015040-1 James G. Schmunk, DVM (North Davidson Veterinary Hospital) - Ms. Megan Bostick - No probable cause

Dr. Gemeinhardt returned to the meeting.

Dr. Meckes made a motion to accept the report of the Committee on Investigations No. 1 with Dr. Gemeinhardt recusing herself from voting on Complaint 2015040-1. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Morgan. The motion passed unanimously.

At 1:15 p.m., pursuant to G.S. § 143-318.11(a)(3), Dr. Bull made a motion, seconded by Dr. Meckes, and unanimously passed, to enter into closed session for discussion of an annual employee compensation review.

At 2:00 p.m. the Board reconvened in open session.

The Board having no further business, upon motion of Dr. Dean seconded by Dr. Bull, the meeting was adjourned at 2:15 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

 

May 12, 2016 MINUTES
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Raleigh, North Carolina

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At 8:00 a.m., President Kim D. Gemeinhardt, D.V.M. called to order the regular meeting of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. In attendance were the following Board members: Drs. William K. Dean, Susan K. Bull, Jane A. Barber, R. Douglas Meckes; and Robin Lazaro, RVT and Mrs. Katie O. Morgan. Also present was Executive Director Mr. Thomas Mickey.

Dr. Gemeinhardt reviewed with the Board the Governor's and the North Carolina Board of Ethics' statement on recognizing and avoiding conflicts of interest. She also reviewed § G.S. 90-179 of the North Carolina Veterinary Practice Act.

Dr. Gemeinhardt welcomed Robin Lazaro, RVT as new member to the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board.

The Board Investigator gave a report of his activities since the last meeting.

The April 7, 2016 minutes omitted the Board's acceptance of the actions taken in the closed session that day. Dr. Bull made a motion, seconded by Dr. Dean, to accept the actions taken in that closed session of April 7, 2016. It was approved unanimously.

On motion by Dr. Bull, seconded by Dr. Dean, the minutes for the April 7, 2016 Board meeting as corrected were approved.

The discussion of the need for a strategic planning session was tabled until the next Board meeting.

The Executive Director reported on operational and administrative activities of the Board since the April 7, 2016 Board meeting. He distributed a financial report which the Board reviewed and discussed.

At 8:48 a.m. the Board recessed for a break and reconvened at 8:58 a.m.

At 8:59 a.m., pursuant to G. S. § 143-318.11(a)(3), Dr. Bull made a motion, seconded by Dr. Cochran, and unanimously passed, to enter into closed session to interview for the Deputy Director position.

At 12:55 pm, the Board reconvened in open session.

The Nominating Committee for the 2016-2017 Board officers made the following recommendations: Dr. Gemeinhardt to remain President, Dr. Dean to remain Vice-President, and Dr. Cochran to remain Secretary-Treasurer.

Dr. Meckes motion to accept the recommendations for the slate of officers for 2016-2017 Board, seconded by Dr. Bull. The motion was approved unanimously.

At 1:00 p.m., pursuant to G. S. § 143-318.11(a)(3), Dr. Bull made a motion, seconded by Dr. Cochran, and unanimously passed, to enter into closed session to conduct interviews for the Deputy Director position.

Dr. Meckes left the meeting at 2:45 pm.

At 3:00 pm, the Board reconvened in open session.

Board Attorney Mr. George Hearn joined the meeting at 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Gemeinhardt reported on invaluable information received from the Second Annual Best Practices Seminar for occupational licensing board that she and Executive Director, Thomas Mickey, attended in April.

Following a discussion about minimum standards for continuing education, Dr. Bull made a motion to approve the proposed amendment (circulated to the Board) to 21 NCAC 66.0206, Minimum Standards for Continuing Education. The motion seconded by Dr. Cochran was approved unanimously.

Dr. Cochran made a motion to approve the expenses for the Board Meeting, which was seconded by Dr. Bull, the motion was passed unanimously.

The Board having no further business, upon motion of Dr. Cochran, seconded by Mrs. Morgan, and unanimously passed, the meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

 

July 21, 2016 MINUTES
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Raleigh, North Carolina

 

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At 8:00 a.m., President Kim D. Gemeinhardt, D.V.M. called to order the regular meeting of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. In attendance were the following Board members: Drs. William K. Dean, Susan K. Bull, Jane A. Barber, Dwight E. Cochran, R. Douglas Meckes; and Robin Lazaro, RVT. Also present was Board Attorney Mr. George Hearn, and Executive Director Mr. Thomas Mickey.

Dr. Gemeinhardt reviewed with the Board the Governor's and the North Carolina Board of Ethics' statement on recognizing and avoiding conflicts of interest. She also reviewed § G.S. 90-179 of the North Carolina Veterinary Practice Act.

The May 12, 2016 minutes, upon motion by Dr. Meckes and seconded by Dr. Cochran were approved unanimously.

The Board set the meeting date of the first meeting in 2017 to be January 12, 2017.

Dr. Cochran made a motion to approve the expenses for the Board Meeting, which was seconded by Dr. Barber. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board Investigator reported on his activities since the last meeting. The Investigator left the meeting at 8:38 a.m.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 1

2015039-1 Melissa Bame Massey, DVM (Alamance Countryside Mobile Veterinary Service) - Ms. Tina L. Brantley - Continued

2016003-1 Lauren Elizabeth Forheez, DVM (Long Animal Hospital) - Mr. Jon Havezi & Dr. Mahin Hafezi - Dismissed, no probable cause

2016007-1 Christopher Todd Worrell, DVM (PetDock Veterinary Hospital) - Miles & Nana Kline - Dismissed, no probable cause

2016006-1 Don David Lee, DVM (VSH-North Raleigh) - Mr. Mike Vaughan - Continued

2016012-1 Alexia Nicole Nogeueira, DVM (Leland Veterinary Hospital) - Mr. Chris Burley - Letter of Caution

Dr. Dean made a motion, seconded by Ms. Lazaro, to accept the report of Committee on Investigations No. 1. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 2

2014054-2 Poppy Masterson, DVM, (Affordable Animal Care Spay Neuter Clinic) - Mr. and Mrs. Randy Nevils - Continued

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 5

2015045-5 Dennis Kay Johnson, DVM (All Pets Hospital for Animals) - Ms. Donna Carter - Reconsideration changed from Letter of Caution to No Probable Cause

2016005-5 Stephanie Lynne Mitchell, DVM & Melissa Sue Irvin, DVM (East Lincoln Animal Hospital) - Mr. and Mrs. Carson & Jane King - No Probable Cause

2016001-2 David E. Hay, DVM (Providence South Animal Hospital) - Mr. Abbas Bagheri - No Probable Cause

2016002-5 Richard C. Dixon, DVM (Boulevard Animal Hospital) - Mr. and Mrs. Burl Turner - No Probable Cause

2016004-5 Brooke Alicia Reynolds, DVM (Cabarrus Animal Hospital) - Mr. Randall Drake - No Probable Cause

2016010-5 Katherine T. Armstrong, DVM (Weddington Animal Hospital) - Mr. Danny Manus - No Probable Cause

Dr. Barber made a motion, seconded by Dr. Cochran, to accept the report of Committee on Investigations No. 5. The motion passed unanimously.

 

At 10:14 a.m. the Board recessed for a short break and reconvened at 10:28 a.m.

The Executive Director reported on operational and administrative activities of the Board since the May 12, 2016 Board meeting. He distributed a financial report which the Board reviewed and discussed.

Dr. Meckes discussed the difficulties he was having filling positions within the North Carolina Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System. He explained that the veterinary positions require that an applicant be eligible for licensure. Several positions have not been able to be filled because of this requirement. To assist, the Board determined that it would like to pursue an amendment to Board rules that would further define the licensing requirement of a limited veterinary license. Mr. Hearn and Dr. Meckes will work on a draft amendment for review at the next Board meeting.

The Board having no further business, upon motion of Dr. Cochran, seconded by Dr. Bull, and unanimously passed, the meeting was adjourned at Noon.


Respectfully Submitted,
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

 

 

September 8, 2016 MINUTES
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Raleigh, North Carolina

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At 8:12 a.m., President Kim D. Gemeinhardt, DVM. called to order the regular meeting of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. In attendance were the following Board members: Drs. William K. Dean, Jane A. Barber, Susan K. Bull, and Katie O. Morgan. Also present was Board Attorney Mr. George Hearn, Executive Director, Mr. Thomas Mickey, and Deputy Director, Dr. Tod Schadler.

Dr. Gemeinhardt reviewed with the Board the Governor's and the North Carolina Board of Ethics' statement on recognizing and avoiding conflicts of interest. She also reviewed § G.S. 90-179 of the North Carolina Veterinary Practice Act.

The July 21, 2016 minutes, upon motion by Dr. Bull and seconded by Dr. Barber were approved unanimously.

Board member R. Doug Meckes, DVM joined the meeting at 8:25 a.m.

Mr. Tony Porrett, LPC, LCAS from the North Carolina Veterinary Health Program, presented an update on the status of the program. Mr. Porrett departed the meeting at 8:30 a.m.

The Executive Director reported on the activities of the investigator since the July 21, 2016, Board meeting.

The Executive Director 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.

At 9:30 a.m. the Board recessed for a break, reconvening at 9:37 a.m.

Mr. George Ferguson, Feed Administrator, with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, joined the meeting to inform and discuss with the Board the Veterinary Feed Directive of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which will take effect on January 1, 2017.

At 10:09 a.m., David Green, DVM, joined the meeting to discuss with the Board his application to re-instate his North Carolina veterinary license. Dr. Green left the meeting at 10:53 a.m.

Ms. Claire Holly, Executive Director of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, gave an update on the Association's upcoming activities.

At 11:10 a.m., Mr. George Ferguson rejoined the Board meeting to continue his discussion of the Veterinary Feed Directive. He advised the Board that the "veterinary-client-patient relationship" in the N.C. Veterinary Practice Act applies to the Veterinary Feed Directive.

At 12:54 p.m., the Board recessed for lunch and reconvened at 1:15 p.m. for a working lunch.

Dr. Dean made a motion to establish a "Shining Star Award" to recognize anyone associated with the profession who has gone above and beyond with exceptional activity in the community or profession. Dr. Barber seconded the motion. Dr. Meckes made a friendly amendment that the recognition be in the form of a letter. Dr. Dean accepted the amendment and added to the motion that the recipient be invited to a Board meeting. The motion passed with the Chair not voting.

Mr. Ferguson left the meeting at 1:40 p.m.

Dr. Meckes discussed the United States Animal Health Association's Resolution #2, which urges the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) to develop and distribute to Veterinary State Boards a position statement in support of reciprocal veterinary medical licensure. The Board agreed to have Dr. Gemeinhardt investigate this proposal at the AAVSB meeting in September.

Dr. Bull made a motion to defer the decision to re-instate the veterinary license of Dr. Green pending his providing the Board a current psychiatric/psychological assessment that addresses the issues and behavior that lead to his 2010 felony criminal charges and his conviction of aggravated assault in 2011. He should also submit information about professional counseling in which he has participated following his release from incarceration in Montana. He should also obtain information from the appropriate official in the Commonwealth of Virginia (where his probation has been transferred). The motion was seconded by Dr. Barber. The motion passed unanimously.

Dr. Barber made a motion that the Board undertake rulemaking to amend 21 NCAC 66.0108, to increase the renewal fee for veterinary licenses, faculty and Zoo veterinarian certificates from $150 to $170 to be effective with the 2017 renewal applications. Dr. Meckes seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Dr. Bull made a motion that the Board undertake rulemaking to amend 21 NCAC 66.0311, entitled Limited Veterinary License. The amendment would allow veterinarians not otherwise eligible for a veterinary license and employed the the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services in a position with the N.C. Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory to obtain a limited veterinary license. Dr. Barber seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board discussed amending 21 NCAC 66.0206, entitled Minimum Standards for Continuing Education. Following discussion it was determined that additional changes are needed. The Board will consider this at its next meeting.

The Board took a break at 3:42 p.m. and reconvened at 3:48 p.m.

The Board discussed with Dr. Bull, as delegate to the AAVSB meeting in September 2016, the proposed amendments to the AAVSB bylaws as well as the open positions for Directors on the AAVSB Board.

The Board discussed sending representatives to the Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards annual meeting to be held January 26-29, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas. Following discussion Dr. Meckes made a motion, to approve Dr. Gemeinhardt, Dr. Schadler and the Executive Director to the meeting. Dr. Dean seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 1

2015039-1  Melissa Bame Massey, DVM (Alamance Countryside Mobile Veterinary Service) - Ms. Tina L. Brantley - Continued

Dr. Meckes left the meeting room.

2016006-1  Don David Lee, DVM (VSH-North Raleigh) - Mr. Mike Vaughn - Letter of Caution

Dr. Meckes returned to the meeting room.

2016017-1  Arthur Samuel McMillain, Jr., DVM and Tyler Louis Hodinka, DVM (Animal Care East Veterinary Hospital) - Ms. Jahnelle Adeshola Oguntoye - No probable cause

Dr. Meckes made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Morgan, to accept the report of Committee on Investigations No. 1 with Dr. Meckes recusing himself from the vote of complaint number 2016006-1. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 2

2014054-2  Poppy Masterson, DVM, (Affordable Animal Care Spay Neuter Clinic) - Mr. and Mrs. Randy Nevils - Continued

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 5

Dr. Dean left the meeting room.

2016014-5  Isabella Marie Rivera Bou, DVM (Cypress Lakes Animal Hospital) - Ms. Sheila Johnson - No Probable Cause

Dr. Dean returned to the meeting room.

2016013-5  Robert Ray Rednour, DVM (Large Animal Veterinary Services) - Ms. Alice Edwards - Continued

2016009-5  Fernando Cardenas, DVM (3H Mobile Veterinary Services) - Ms. Kimberly Ely - Continued

2016015-5  Gregory Joy Lowe, DVM (Rowan Animal Clinic) - Mr. Alex Astor - No probable cause

2016016-5  Ronni Reiffe LaVine, DVM (South Robeson Veterinary Clinic) - Mr. & Mrs. Dru and Kellie Martin - No probable cause

2016018-5  Tracy Lyn Tinsley, DVM (3H Mobile Veterinary Services) - Ms. Denise Bricker - Continued

2016019-5  Ronni Reiffe LaVine, DVM (South Robeson Veterinary Clinic) - Ms. Angela Barfield - No probable cause

Dr. Bull made a motion, seconded by Dr. Barber, to accept the report of Committee on Investigations No. 5 with Dr. Dean recusing himself from the vote on complaint number 2016014-5. The motion passed unanimously.

Dr. Dean made a motion to approve the expenses for the Board Meeting, which as seconded by Dr. Barber. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board having no further business, upon motion of Dr. Bull, seconded by Dr. Meckes, and unanimously passed, the meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

 

November 17, 2016 MINUTES
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, Raleigh, North Carolina

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At 8:00 a.m., President Kim D. Gemeinhardt, DVM. called to order the regular meeting of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. In attendance were the following Board members: Drs. William K. Dean, Jane A. Barber, Susan K. Bull, Dwight E. Cochran, R. Douglas Meckes, and Mrs. Katie O. Morgan. Also present was Board Attorney Mr. George Hearn, Executive Director, Mr. Thomas Mickey, and Deputy Director, Dr. Tod Schadler.

Dr. Gemeinhardt reviewed with the Board the Governor's and the North Carolina Board of Ethics' statement on recognizing and avoiding conflicts of interest. She also reviewed § G.S. 90-179 of the North Carolina Veterinary Practice Act.

The September 8, 2016 minutes, upon motion by Dr. Cochran and seconded by Dr. Bull were approved unanimously.

The Board welcomed newest staff member, Alice Anne Roberts, to the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board.

Board member Robin Lazaro, RVT, joined the meeting at 8:15 a.m.

The Board Investigator reported on his activities since the last meeting. The Investigator left the meeting at 8:28 a.m.

Dr. Gemeinhardt reported from her attendance at the recent meeting of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) that an ongoing topic continued to be the issue of reciprocal veterinary medical licensure during emergency situations.

Dr. Gemeinhardt asked the NCVMB to re-nominate her to be on the AAVSB Board for another two years. Concurring with this request Dr. Cochran, seconded by Dr. Meckes, nominated Dr. Gemeinhardt to serve on the Board of AAVSB for another two years. It was approved unaminously.

Dr. Gemeinhardt reported that the Committee on Investigations No. 5, will stop receiving new complaints. She has formed a new Committee on Investigations, No. 7, comprised of Dwight E. Cochran, DVM, Chair, R. Douglas Meckes, DVM, and Robin Lazaro, RVT.

At 9:20 a.m. the Board recessed for a break, reconvening at 9:30 a.m.

The Executive Director 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.

Dr. Schadler reported on the updating of the minimum facility and practice standards which will be spearated into two categories. He also introduced a proposed new practice facility inspection form for the inspectors. Dr. Schadler further provided the Board with a handout describing the proposed new NCVMB website.

The Board reviewed the 60-Day Temporary Permit Applications for Yvette Maria Witte, DVM. Dr. Witte has an active veterinary license in the Dominican Republic and has received multiple permits. Following discussion Dr. Dean made a motion to not approve her application for another permit. Dr. Cochran seconed the motion. The motion was amended to include that a letter requesting an explanation from Trixie L. Martin, DVM and Wendy Royce, DVM of Ms. Witte's job description will be sent. The motion passed unanimously.

Dr. Dean made a motion to grant the request of Catherine Ashe, DVM for an extension of time to earn her 2017 continuing education credit because of extenuating circumstances. She will be allowed until June 30, 2017, to earn the required 20 hours. This motion was seconded by Dr. Cochran and approved unanimously.

Dr. Bull reported on her attendance of the AAVSB meeting that was held September 22-24, 2016. No further action was taken.

Dr. Barber and Dr. Dean reported on the FARB meeting they attended September 29-October 2, 2016. No further action was taken.

The Board took a break from 11:50 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.

The Board set the dates for the 2017 Board. Meetings in 2017 will be held January 12, March 9, May 4, June 29, August 24, October 12, and November 30.

At 12:15 p.m. Dr. Meckes left the meeting.

At 12:20 p.m. the Board adjourned for lunch and reconvened at 1:00 p.m.

Dr. Joseph Jordan and Dr. Clark Gaither gave an undated report from the North Carolina Veterinary Health Program (NCVHP). Dr. Gaither has just started working for the NCVHP. In addition to other duties, he will be providing assessments in the Asheville, North Carolina area. The NCVHP new web site will be up and running on December 1, 2016. They left the meeting at 2:00 p.m.

Dr. Bull made a motion, seconded by Dr. Cochran to initiate rule making to amend 21 NCAC 66.0206 - Minimum Standards for Continuing Education. The motion passed unanimously.

Dr. Bull, seconded by Dr. Barber, made a motion to initiate rule making to amend 21 NCAC 66.0106 - Current Information dRequired by the Board. The motion passed unanimously.

At 2:15 p.m. the Board recessed for a break, reconvening at 2:25 p.m.

Dr. Meckes returned to the meeting at 2:25 p.m.

The Board recognized outgoing Board Member Mrs. Katie O. Morgan for her nine years of service on the Board.

Mr. Thomas Mickey announced that Mrs. Krissie Newman has been appointed as the public member of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board to replace Mrs. Morgan.

Mrs. Katie Morgan left the meeting at 2:40 p.m.

At 2:40 p.m., pursuant to G.S. § 90-143-318.11(a)(3), Dr. Cochran made a motion, seconded by Dr. Bull, and unamiously passed to enter into closed session for discussion of an employee review.

At 4:15 p.m. the Board returned to open session.

At 4:17 p.m. the Board recessed for break and reconvened at 4:30 p.m.

A motion to ratify the motions passed in closed session was made by Dr. Cochran and seconded by Dr. Bull. The motion was passed.

Dr. Bull made a motion, seconded by Dr. Cochran, to approve the Amended Consent order concerning Dr. Paula Bullock. This motion was approved unanimously.

 

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 1

2015039-1  Melissa Bame Massey, DVM (Alamance Countryside Mobile Veterinary Service) - Ms. Tina L. Brantley - Continued

2016024-1  Lisa Morton, DVM (Brigadoon Animal Hospital) - Ms. Megan Willerson - Letter of Caution

2016020-1  Mary Catherine Odom, DVM and Spencer Lee Ellis, DVM (A Country Veterinary Clinic) - Ms. June Goess - No Probable Cause for both veterinarians

2016028-1  Jennifer Marie Hoch, DVM (CVS Referral Animal Hospital) - Ms. Callie Haithcock - No Probable Cause

2016026-1  Adam Webb Sisk, DVM (Davie County Large Animal Hospital) - Ms. Shelley Lilly - Continued

2016021-1  Paula Kay Bullock, DVM (Affordable Animal Care) - Mr. Justin Berry & Cheralyn Schmidt - Continued

A motion to accept the report and recomendations by Committee for Investigations No. 1 was mde by Dr. Cochran and seconded by Dr. Meckes. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 2

2014054-2  Poppy Masterson, DVM, (Affordable Animal Care Spay Neuter Clinic) - Mr. and Mrs. Randy Nevils - Continued

 

Report of Committee on Investigations No. 5

2016013-5  Robert Ray Rednour, DVM (Large Animal Veterinary Services) - Ms. Alice Edwards - No Probable Cause

2016009-5  Fernando Cardenas, DVM (3H Mobile Veterinary Services) - Ms. Kimberly Ely - Continued

2016018-5  Tracy Lynn Tinsley, DVM (3H Mobile Veterinary Services) - Ms. Denise Bricker - No probable Cause

2016011-5  Fernando Cardenas, DVM (3H Mobile Veterinary Services) - Ms. Leigh Crenshaw - Continued

2016022-5  Summer Lyn Shivers, DVM (Brawley Animal Hospital) - Ms. Marilyn Ciociola - No Probable Cause

2016025-5  Richard E. Killough, DVM (Long Animal Hospital) - Ms. Melissa Santos - No Probable Cause

2016027-5  Elizabeth Rose Cox, DVM (CVS-South Charlotte) - Mr. Andrew Rawls - Letter of Caution

2016029-5  Sean Robert Allers, DVM (North Meckleburg Animal Hospital) - Mr. Gary Evans and Paula Purvis - No Probable Cause

2016023-5  Michael Dennis Herman, DVM (South Charlotte Aninmal Hospital - now Friendship Animal Hospital) - Ms. Aimee Vowinckel - Letter of Reprimand and a Letter of Caution

Dr. Barber made a motion, seconded by Dr. Bull, to accept the report of Committee on Investigations No. 5. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Dr. Dean made a motion to approve the expenses for the Board Meeting, which as seconded by Dr. Bull The motion was passed unanimously.

The Board having no further business, upon motion of Dr. Cochranl, seconded by Dr. Dean, and unanimously passed, the meeting was adjourned at 5:55 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,
Thomas M. Mickey
Executive Director

 

 

 

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